LONDON: British police arrested six former News of the World journalists yesterday in a new probe into alleged phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s now-closed tabloid, Scotland Yard said.
Investigators had identified a “further suspected conspiracy” at the paper in 2005 and 2006 which was separate to the alleged hacking under which a number of people have already been charged, it said in a statement.
Two of those arrested yesterday now work at the daily tabloid The Sun, according to an internal memo by the chief executive of News International, the British newspaper wing of Murdoch’s US-based News Corp empire.
Police arrested three men aged 46, 39 and 45 and two women aged 33 and 40 in London, and a 39-year-old woman in Cheshire, northwest England, and were questioning them at various police stations, the statement said. Searches were also under way at a number of addresses.
“In due course officers will be making contact with people they believe have been victims of the suspected voicemail interceptions,” the statement said. News International declined to comment on the arrests.