Cops arrest man over phone-hacking, police corruption claims
71-year-old cuffed this morning
Scotland Yard officers investigating phone-hacking and police corruption claims at News International arrested a 71-year-old man this morning.
"At 10:50hrs on Tuesday, 2 August, officers from Operation Weeting together with officers from Operation Elveden arrested a man on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to Section1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977 and on suspicion of corruption allegations contrary to Section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906," said the Met in a statement.
The unnamed man was arrested by appointment and is currently in custody at a north London police station.
Police reopened their investigation into phone-tapping allegations at News International's now-defunct tabloid News of the World in January this year, by ordering a fresh probe dubbed Operation Weeting.
A separate Independent Police Complaints Commission-supervised investigation – Operating Elveden – into allegations of "inappropriate payments to police" is also underway.
Reports suggest that former News International managing editor Stuart Kuttner is the man currently being held in custody by the Met.
The allegations against the man are identical to those faced by ex-News International boss Rebekah Brooks, who was arrested by Scotland Yard officers last month.
She was held in police custody on Sunday, 17 July on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption allegations relating to illegal police payments. ®
Yes, it sounds so civilized, doesn't it?
police: Hello, is this the Thropton Slasher?
slasher: I can neither confirm or deny that on advice from my lawyer.
police: But you are Harry Reamer, am I correct?
slasher: Yes, that's true.
police: Ah good. We have a warrant for your arrest and wonder what time it would be convenient to serve it?
slasher: Well... I'm at work just now, and I'll be mu... er, pursuing hobbies until late tonight. How does tomorrow about 8 am sound?
police: Oh dear, that is an inconvenience, we really need to serve this as soon as possible.
slasher: I see. Well, if you don't mind the hours, I will be back at my flat by 1 am tonight.
police: Fine, fine, no problem there, the night shift can handle it. So 1 am at 750 Dallmer Lane then?
slasher: That will be fine, sorry for the bother.
police: Oh, no bother at all! Just one more thing... will you be coming quietly, or will you be putting up a fuss?
slasher: Well... My neighbors do appreciate a good show, so if you don't mind, I'd like to make quite a row of it, if possible.
police: Excellent! So should we notify the press then?
slasher: Oh yes please! And thank you!
police No, no, Thank you! Good day.
slasher Good day to you too, bye.
The only thing British about it.
Is the fact that some people get special treatment while the average person gets their door kicked in at 3am.
Not having a legal system that treats everyone equally is hardly something to be proud of.
Arrested by appointment
I still find it funny when you have the news stories about people having an appointment at the Police station, whereupon they get arrested.
Whilst it is nothing like as dramatic as "Metropolitan Police storm Coulson's house, Coulson arrested after Taser discharge", it certainly feels a lot more British!
The only thing missing to make it the ultimate British experience is if it were a mass arrest, and you had five suspects all in the waiting room in an orderly queue waiting for their turn to be arrested.