DETECTIVES investigating phone hacking at the 'News of the World' have arrested the former secretary of Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International.
Cheryl Carter (47) was arrested at her home in Essex on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice. She is the 17th person to be arrested as part of Operation Weeting, including Ms Brooks who was held in July.
Ms Carter has worked for Ms Brooks for 19 years. She became her secretary when Ms Brooks was appointed deputy editor of the 'Sun' and followed her to the 'News of the World'.
Most recently she held the title of executive assistant when Ms Brooks was chief executive of News International. Ms Carter would have had access to her boss's diaries and other documents, possibly including emails.
The secretary was mentioned at the culture, media and sport committee inquiry when Ms Brooks gave evidence in July.
Asked if she had ever met Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator convicted for phone hacking, Ms Brooks said that Ms Carter could confirm there was no meeting.
Ms Carter left News International last July shortly after Ms Brooks resigned. She continued to write for the 'Sun', where she was beauty editor, until late last year. Her final column appeared on December 2.
It is not known whether News International bosses had advance notice of yesterday's arrest. The company has set up a management and standards committee which has trawled email archives and other documents and has handed anything incriminating to Scotland Yard.
Ms Carter also runs a cosmetic brand called Famous, which she started with Sue Moxley, a beauty journalist. Last year she organised a memorial service for late journalists. (© Daily Telegraph, London)