Fresh arrests of six ex-NoW journalists made over phone hacking probe

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Metropolitan police have arrested six journalists on Wednesday including two working currently at The Sun as part of fresh investigation into alleged phone hacking at the News of the World.

According to Scotland Yard, the detectives working on the Met’s Operation Weeting had identified another suspected conspiracy of hacking voicemails dated back to 2005 and 2006.

The three men and three women arrested all previously worked for employed at the News of the World and are currently being interviewed at police stations in London and Cheshire.

A number of former NoW journalists have already been arrested and charged under Operation Weeting, including former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, former NoW editor Andy Coulson and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

Two men aged 45 and 46 were held in Wandsworth, south London, and a 39-year-old man was arrested in Greenwich, south east London.

The three women arrested were a 39-year-old who was detained in Cheshire, a 33-year-old in Islington, north London, and a 40-year-old in Lambeth, south London.

Apart from new six arrests, the total number of people arrested under the Met’s three investigations into phone-hacking, bribery and hacking now exceeded 100, including some who have been arrested in connection with more than one investigation.

Met Police have stated that victims of this new line of inquiry had not yet been notified: “In due course officers will be making contact with people they believe have been victims of the suspected voicemail interceptions”.

The News of the World – Britain’s biggest selling newspaper, was closed in 2011 over the disclosed scandal of hacking the mobile phone voicemails of hundreds of celebrities, politicians and victims of crime and terrorism. Since then News International has paid out millions of pounds over damages to the hacking victims.

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