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Phone hacking: former News of the World head of legal arrested

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Phone hacking: former News of the World head of legal arrested

Post by Guest on 30.08.12 13:08

This tweet from Tom Watson MP..........


The lawyer who tried to remove me from the hacking inquiry has just been arrested.

Phone hacking: former News of the World head of legal arrested

Tom Crone understood to have been arrested by by detectives from Scotland Yard's Operation Weeting

Lisa O'Carroll and Josh Halliday, Thursday 30 August 2012 11.48 BST

A 60-year-old man, understood to be former News of the World head of legal Tom Crone, has been arrested by Metropolitan police detectives investigating phone hacking.

Crone was arrested at his home address in south-west London on Thursday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept communications.

It is understood that the arrest followed the passing of information from News International's management and standards committee and Crone had no prior notice that the police were to make the arrest.

He is the 25th person arrested as part of the Operation Weeting investigation into phone hacking.

The Met said the man was being questioned at a south London police station on Thursday morning.

He is the second to be arrested under Operation Weeting since the Crown Prosecution Service brought phone-hacking charges against several former News of the World journalists, including ex-chief executive Rebekah Brooks and former editor Andy Coulson, earlier this month.

The force said in a statement: "Officers from Operation Weeting, the MPS inquiry into the hacking of telephone voicemail boxes, arrested a man in south-west London this morning, Thursday 30 August.

"The 60-year-old man was arrested at his home address at approximately 06.45 hrs this morning on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications contrary to section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977. He is being interviewed at a south London police station."

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