Rebekah Brooks arrested by phone hacking police

Mar 13, 2012

Former News International CEO and husband Charlie Brooks, both friends of David Cameron, said to be held

SIX MORE people have been arrested by police investigating phone hacking at News International - and a reporter on Murdoch-owned Sky News is saying that former News International CEO and Sun editor Rebekah Brooks is among them.

The six people - five men and one woman - were arrested at their homes in London, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Hertfordshire on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt reports that Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie Brooks, who was at Eton with Prime Minister David Cameron, are among those held.

If Charlie Brooks has been arrested, it will surely spoil his plans to attend the four-day Cheltenham Festival which begins today. In his racing column for The Daily Telegraph earlier this week, he wrote: “Cheltenham is primarily a four-day battle of attrition with one’s constitution, bank manager and anyone in particular who expects you home.”

He then went on to describe how he plans to spend his journey home on Friday, after the Gold Cup. “This year I shall be going for the five-stop strategy that brings in the Horse and Groom in Lower Oddington, the King’s Head at Bledington, the Plough in Kingham and the Chequers at Churchill. Preceded by a quick detour to the Hollow Bottom in Twiston Davies.”

The police are not confirming the identities of any of those detained. They are currently being interviewed at police stations in Buckinghamshire, London and Oxfordshire, but the BBC reports that they are a 49-year-old man and 43-year-old woman from Oxfordshire, a 39-year-old man from Hampshire, a 46-year-old man from west London, a 38-year-old man from Hertfordshire and a 48-year-old man from east London.

If Rebekah Brooks is one of those who were arrested this morning, it would be the second time she has been detained under Operation Weeting. Last July, she was held on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and as part of the related Operation Elveden investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

Forty-five people have now been arrested under Operations Weeting and Elveden.

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