Phone-hack cops nab six 'including Prime Ministerial horse lender'
Op Weeting plods search gaffs, bracelet suspects
Officers arrested five men and one woman this morning in a coordinated swoop relating to the Met's probe into alleged phone-hacking at Rupert Murdoch-owned News International.
The six people, cuffed by Scotland Yard cops working on Operation Weeting, include a 43-year-old woman who was collared at her home address in Oxfordshire.
Sources alleged to The Telegraph that ex-NI chief and one-time News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie Brooks are being questioned by police. This is yet to be confirmed.
Brooks, who closed down the Sunday tabloid at the centre of phone hacking and police bribery allegation last year, resigned from her job as News International CEO on 15 July 2011. Just two days later she was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and of corruption allegations relating to illegal police payments.
Scotland Yard said this morning that its cops arrested all six individuals on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977.
A number of addresses are being searched by police officers.
The five men cuffed by cops in Oxfordshire, Hampshire, London and Hertfordshire this morning are aged between 38 and 49. ®
"If the police find evidence of such a conspiracy, then this just got a WHOLE load more serious than illegal intercepts - maximum sentence of life imprisonment..."
...or, a brown envelope changing hands in the local park followed by a dropping of charges, a pat on the head, and a complimentary lollipop for the inconvenience.
"brown envelope changing hands"
Does a job as columnist on the Sunday Times count, or does it just have the appearance of dodginess and no dodginess behind it?
E.g. the one time anti-terror expert at ACPO Ltd and the Met (where he ran the 2nd investigation into Murdoch hacking allegations). The senior officer who after retirement from the Met on full pension took up a job at News International.
To serve and to protect.
But who are they serving and protecting? It becomes more obvious by the hour.
Is that like the Super Bowl with more adverts?