Phone-hacking scandal takes a darker turn: Full round-up of developments

The scandal over tabloid interception of mobile phone messages took a darker turn as it emerged that the mobile phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler may have been targeted by the News of the World.

The latest twist in the phone-hacking scandal came after weeks of developments which have seen the row escalate yet futher. The Dowler claims date from 2002 so directly implicate then editor of the News of the World Rebekah Brooks (now chief executive of News International).

There is no end in sight to Scotland Yard’s new criminal investigation into alleged press phone-hacking with five journalists now having faced arrest and questioning.

On Monday last week 34-year-old Press Association royal reporter Laura Elston was arrested by police on suspicion of illegally accessing voicemail messages and then released on bail.

The previous Thursday, a 39-year-old woman who had worked as a freelance journalist for the News of the World was also arrested and questioned by officers working as part of Operation Weeting. She has been named as Terenia Taras, a former girlfriend of ex-News of the World journalist Greg Miskiw.

The two women join News of the World assistant news editor James Weatherup, chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former assistant editor (news) Ian Edmondson on the list of journalists to have been arrested, questioned and released on bail without charge under the Weeting probe.

Click on the links below to read Press Gazette coverage of the key recent developments on this story.

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