Sunday 18 March 2018

Daily Mirror journalist arrested over phone hacking allegations released on bail

Scotland Yard
Scotland Yard

Dominic Harris

A senior journalist at the Daily Mirror who was arrested in connection with allegations over phone hacking has been released on bail.

Lee Harpin, the Mirror's agenda editor, was detained at midday yesterday in the newspaper's offices in Canary Wharf, east London.

Detectives from Operation Golding, the investigation into phone hacking at Mirror Group Newspapers, also removed his computers and files from the building and emptied his desk drawers.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: "A 47-year-old male journalist arrested on 15 July on suspicion of conspiracy to unlawfully intercept communications has been released on bail.

"The investigation forms part of Operation Weeting (the Metropolitan Police's phone-hacking inquiry). He has been released on police bail to return on a date mid September pending further inquiries."

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