Sunday 19 November 2017

Police arrest Neil Wallis - former NOTW deputy editor

Former News of the World executive editor Neil Wallis was arrested today over phone hacking at the News of the World.

Mr Wallis worked for News International from 1986 and worked in a number of its titles before joining the now defunct newspaper and rising up through the ranks.

Detectives from Operation Weeting - the Scotland Yard investigation into mobile interceptions by News International – made the arrest after raiding an address in west London.

He was taken for questioning at a local police station on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

Mr Wallis is the ninth arrest Scotland Yard has made since the fresh investigation into phone hacking was launched.

A Scotland Yard statement confirmed the arrest was carried out at 6.30am.

"The man is currently in custody at a west London police station," it said.

"It would be inappropriate to discuss any further details at this time."

Former Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson, 43, was arrested on Friday by the team of detectives investigating alleged phone hacking and illegal payments to police by the News of the World, where he was editor until 2007.

On the same day police also held former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman, 53, and an unnamed 63-year-old man in connection with allegations of corruption.

All three men were released on bail until October.

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