Mirror Group editor and deputy arrested in phone-hacking investigation
SCOTLAND Yard arrested four journalists early today as the phone hacking inquiry expanded to Mirror Group newspapers.
It is understood that an internal email has been sent to Mirror Group Newspapers staff confirming that People editor James Scott and deputy editor Nick Buckley were held.
The other journalists arrested were former editor of the Sunday Mirror Tina Weaver and former deputy editor of the newspaper Mark Thomas.
The message said Mr Scott and Mr Buckley are being provided with legal support and that the newspaper group is co-operating with police.
The Metropolitan Police said three men, aged 40, 49 and 46, and a 47-year-old woman were all arrested at separate addresses in south London at 6am following a “suspected conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails at Mirror Group Newspapers”.
The arrests come after eight people were charged last summer, including former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson, following inquiries into phone hacking at the News of the World.
Scotland Yard said today that the new strand of Operation Weeting was separate to two ongoing inquiries into the News of the World.
“It is believed it mainly concerned the Sunday Mirror newspaper and at this stage the primary focus in on the years 2003 and 2004,” the force said in a statement.
The four were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept telephone communications and were either former or current journalists for Mirror Group. They are being questioned at police stations in London and searches are being carried out, the force said.
Police said they will be contacting people they believe to have been victims of the phone hacking. Others who believed they may have been hacked were asked to contact them with the numbers they thought were compromised.
- Paul Peachey, Independent.co.uk