Thursday 14 December 2017

Six former News of the World journalists arrested in fresh probe into phone hacking

Margaret Davis

SIX former News of the World journalists have been arrested under a new police investigation into phone hacking.

The three men and three women were all held today over a suspected conspiracy that took place between around 2005 and 2006.

They are understood to be Jules Stenson, Matt Nixson, Rav Singh, Jane Atkinson, Polly Graham and Rachel Richardson.

Ms Richardson and Ms Atkinson both work for The Sun.

The arrests - five in London and one in Cheshire - were made as part of a new line of inquiry that is separate from allegations under the existing Scotland Yard investigation into phone hacking called Operation Weeting.

The Metropolitan Police said two men aged 45 and 46 were held in Wandsworth, south London, and a 39-year-old man was arrested in Greenwich, south east London.

A 39-year-old woman was detained in Cheshire, a 33-year-old in Islington, north London, and a 40-year-old in Lambeth, south London.

Detectives now plan to speak to people that may have been victims of the suspected phone hacking.

Five people were released on police bail until a date in mid-May pending further inquiries, Scotland Yard said tonight.

They have been interviewed at various police stations in London and Cheshire and searches were carried out at a number of addresses, the force added.

The 39-year-old man arrested in Greenwich remains in police custody.

A Met spokesman said: "In due course officers will be making contact with people they believe have been victims of the suspected voicemail interceptions.

"In the meantime if any individual believes they may be a victim and wishes to get in touch with Operation Weeting, they should email and their message should include details of the mobile phone number or numbers that may have been compromised."

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