Friday 20 October 2017

Man arrested in NOTW hack probe

Mark Hughes in London

DETECTIVES investigating allegations of computer hacking by the 'News of the World' (NOTW) yesterday made their first arrest.

A 52-year-old man was arrested at an address in Milton Keynes yesterday morning.

He is the first person to be arrested as part of Operation Tuleta. Tuleta was launched earlier this year to look at allegations of breach of privacy which fell outside the remit of Operation Weeting, the phone hacking investigation, and Operation Elveden, which is investigating alleged payments to police officers.

All three investigations were prompted when NOTW owners News International (NI) handed over material to Scotland Yard in January.

The man was released on bail last night to return in December, Scotland Yard confirmed.

Next week the Leveson inquiry is due to hear evidence about computer hacking.

Meanwhile, Neville Thurlbeck, the NOTW's former chief reporter, has been asked to submit written evidence to the UK parliament select committee investigating phone hacking.

Previously, it was thought unlikely that the committee would ask for further evidence following the evidence of NI's executive chairman James Murdoch earlier this month.

However, since then Mr Thurlbeck has spoken in public about his knowledge of hacking at the former Sunday tabloid.

He claims that he provided the then editor Colin Myler and head of legal Tom Crone with a dossier that showed that hacking went further than one rogue reporter.

The committee has asked Mr Thurlbeck to provide written evidence by December 1.

Mr Thurlbeck's lawyers say he is considering the request.(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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