Video: Phone hacking: 71 year old ex paper managing editor arrested
Published 02/08/2011 | 14:36
An 71-year old man, believed Stuart Kuttner, the former managing editor at the News of the World, has been arrested in London and taken into custody for questioning.
Mr Kuttner is understood to have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, and on suspicion of corruption allegations.
Police from both Operation Weeting, the Metropolitan police investigation into alleged phone hacking, and Elveden, the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police, are understood to have been involved.
Mr Kuttner did not know he was going to be taken into custody when he arrived at a police station in London at 11am today to answer questions about the phone-hacking scandal, it was reported. He is expected to be released on bail until October.
The allegations are the same as those made against Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World editor and News International chief executive who was arrested last month.
Other arrested and bailed figures include ex-NoW editor Andy Coulson, ex-NoW assistant editor Ian Edmondson, ex-NoW chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, senior ex-NoW journalist James Weatherup, freelance journalist Terenia Taras, an unnamed 63-year-old man, ex-NoW royal editor Clive Goodman and ex-NoW executive editor Neil Wallis.
The Metropolitan Police launched a fresh investigation into alleged hacking at the tabloid called Operation Weeting in January 2011 after actress Sienna Miller and MP George Galloway claimed their phones had been targeted. It followed allegations that the initial police investigations into the activities of Glenn Mulcaire, who had been hired by the paper, had not considered all the evidence in his notebooks.
Mr Edmondson and Mr Weatherup were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept mobile phone messages in April and bailed until September.
Greg Miskiw, a former news editor at the News of the World who left the UK after being alleged to have repeatedly authorised voicemail hacking, said he intends to return to Britain for police questioning.
Ms Brooks was arrested on suspicion of phone hacking and corruption on Sunday July 17, two days after her resignation as chief executive and two days before her Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee appearance after voluntarily attending a pre-arranged appointment at a London police station.