'Stuart Kuttner rearrested' in phone-hack probe

The former managing editor of the News of the World Stuart Kuttner was rearrested last night by Met officers investigating the phone-hacking scandal, according to reports.

The 71-year-old was first arrested on 2 August on suspicion of phone hacking and inappropriate payments to police, and yesterday was reported to have faced further questioning.

Kuttner, who resigned from the NoW in July 2009, was re-bailed until September.

He spent 22 years as News of the World managing editor after joining the paper from the Evening Standard in 1980.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The 71-year-old man was arrested on 2 August and bailed to a date in August and he has now been bailed to a date in September.”

Kuttner’s departure coincided with The Guardian’s first story detailing new allegations about phone-hacking at the paper.

News International insisted at the time that there was no connection between the two events.

The Met is conducting two investigations into the NoW: Operation Weeting team is carrying out the investigation into phone hacking, while Operation Elveden is investigating allegations of inappropriate payments to police.

Others arrested as part of the Weeting probe include former News of the Word editor Andy Coulson, former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, former NoW deputy editor Neil Wallis, former NoW head of news Ian Edmondson, former NoW chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, former assistant news editor James Weatherup and former NoW royal editor Clive Goodman.

On August 18 the paper’s former award-winning former showbiz editor James Desborough was understood to have become the latest journalist to be questioned.

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