Sky News is reporting that recently resigned News International executive Rebekah Brooks has been arrested by appointment today by “officers investigating allegations of corruption and phone hacking”, according to unnamed Sky sources.
Sky News Reports:
The 43-year-old went to a London police station by appointment and is being held on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and corruption allegations.
Operation Weeting has been launched to investigate claims that newspaper journalists hacked into the phones of high-profile figures and even victims of crime.
Mrs Brooks resigned as chief executive of News International (NI) on Friday.
She was editor of the News Of The World (NOTW) when missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s phone was hacked and messages were deleted. The teenager was later found murdered.
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The Sky report came after the following release from Metropolitan Police (via):
The MPS has this afternoon, Sunday 17 July, arrested a female in connection with allegations of corruption and phone hacking.
At approximately 12.00 hrs a 42-year-old woman was arrested by appointment at a London police station by officers from Operation Weeting together with officers from Operation Elveden and is currently in custody.
She was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to Section1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977 and on suspicion of corruption allegations contrary to Section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.
The Operation Weeting team is conducting the new investigation into phone hacking.
Operation Elveden is the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police. This investigation is being supervised by the IPCC.
It would be inappropriate to discuss any further details regarding these cases at this time.
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