Newspapers for sale with headlines relating to the phone hacking scandal, near Westminster in London, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday emphatically denied claims that his staff tried to stop an inquiry into phone hacking at the News of the World newspaper and defended his decision to hire one of the tabloid's editors as his communications chief. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) (AP)

UK police arrest man over hacking allegations

Authorities arrest 71-year-old man in connection with News of the World scandal

Associated Press
August 2, 2011 4:23PM (UTC)

British police have made a new arrest in their investigation of phone hacking and police bribery at defunct tabloid News of the World.

The Metropolitan Police said a 71-year-old man was arrested by appointment Tuesday morning at a London police station.


He is in custody and being questioned on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and suspicion of corruption.

Detectives investigating claims the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper illegally eavesdropped on the phone massages of celebrities, politicians and even crime victims have previously arrested several former executives at his News Corp. including British newspaper chief Rebekah Brooks.

All have been released on bail and no one has yet been charged.

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