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LONDON: Four current and former Mirror Group Newspaper (MGN) journalists were arrested on Thursday by police investigating the hacking of mobile phones, London’s Metropolitan Police said.
Police said the inquiry “mainly concerned” the Sunday Mirror tabloid and was into a suspected conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemail messages at MGN between 2003 to 2004. It is the first time journalists from MGN, part of the Trinity Mirror media group, have been arrested over phone hacking in a scandal centred on telephone interception at Rupert Murdoch’s now-closed News of the World tabloid.
MGN comprises three national titles: the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mirror and The People. Police said they were treating the Mirror inquiry as a separate conspiracy to those under investigation from the News of the World.
Officers from the force’s hacking inquiry - known as Operation Weeting - arrested three men and one woman at separate addresses in south London on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept telephone communications. Reuters