Friday 20 October 2017

Hacking probe: Rebekah Brooks arrested by London police

ARRESTED: Rebekah Brooks
ARRESTED: Rebekah Brooks

Independent.ie reporters

Former News International chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, who quit her position on Friday, was today arrested by police in relation to phone hacking by the News of the World.

Ms Brooks (43) went to a London police station by appointment and is being held on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and corruption allegations.



She was editor of the News of the World in 2002 when the phone of murdered teenager Milly Dowler was hacked and messages were deleted.







Her former deputy editor Andy Coulson has already been arrested and released by police in the Operation Weeting probe which is investigating claims that the newspaper hacked into the phones of celebrities and victims of crime.







News Corporation chief Rupert Murdoch had resisted all efforts to have Ms Brooks removed – including statements from British Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Milliband – but gave in and accepted her resignation on Friday.



Mr Cameron welcomed the move describing it as the “right decision.”



The news of her resignation came after both Mr Murdoch and his son James caved in and agreed to attend a British Government culture, media and sport Government committee hearing on Tuesday as the phone hacking scandal rumbles on.



Ms Brooks has also agreed to attend the hearing.



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