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Scotland Yard officers cuffed a 51-year-old man this morning on suspicion of handling stolen goods in relation to its investigation of alleged computer hacking.

That arrest is the eighth one under Operation Tuleta, which is a probe into criminal breaches of privacy being carried out in tandem with the ongoing phone-hacking inquiry (Op Weeting) that has engulfed News International, the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper publishing arm of News Corporation.

The Met confirmed that the unnamed man is a journalist who is currently attending a central London police station by appointment.

Scotland Yard said in a statement:

The arrest relates to a suspected conspiracy involving the gathering of data from stolen mobile phones and is not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately.

Last week, Murdoch's one-time right-hand woman Rebekah Brooks and Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-spin chief Andy Coulson were charged with alleged phone-hacking offences, along with six other suspects.

The Crown Prosecution Service said that those individuals charged faced a "realistic prospect of conviction." ®

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