Officers from the Met’s phone-hacking investigation Operation Weeting have this morning made another six arrests.
The Press Assoacition is reporting that among the arrests are former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie.
News Internatioanl has also confirmed that another of those arrested was Mark Hanna, the company’s director of group security.
All six – five men and one woman – were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977.
They were arrested at addresses in London, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Hertfordshire. The Met said a number of addresses connected to the arrests are being searched.
“The co-ordinated arrests were made between approximately 0500 and 0700 this morning by officers from Operation Weeting, the MPS inquiry into the phone-hacking of voicemail boxes,” said the Met in a statetment.
It added: “Today’s operation follows consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.”
The Met supplied the following details of the arrests:
- A 49-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Oxfordshire and is being interviewed at a Buckinghamshire Police Station.
- A 43-year-old woman was arrested at her home address in Oxfordshire and is being interviewed at an Oxfordshire police station.
- A 39-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Hampshire and is being interviewed at a South West London police station.
- A 46-year-old man was arrested at his home address in West London and is being interviewed at a central London police station.
- A 38-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Hertfordshire and is being interviewed at a central London police station.
- A 48-year-old man was arrested at a business address in East London and is being interviewed at an East London police station.