British police make new arrest in hacking probe

2nd September 2011, Comments 0 comments

British police arrested a 30-year-old man on Friday in connection with the probe into phone hacking at the now-defunct Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid the News of the World.

The suspect was questioned on suspicions of phone hacking and perverting the course of justice after he reported to a London police station.

Police did not identify the man, who is the 15th suspect detained on suspicion of phone hacking.

"The man, aged 30, was arrested by appointment at a North London Police Station," a Scotland Yard spokesman said. He was released on bail until January.

The arrest came days after the News of the World's former managing editor Stuart Kuttner was re-arrested as part of the long-running investigation.

Murdoch shut the 168-year-old paper in July amid public outcry after it emerged that a private investigator working for the tabloid had hacked into the voicemail of Milly Dowler, a missing teenage girl who was later found dead.

Questioned by a parliamentary committee the same month, Murdoch said he was "shocked, appalled and ashamed" when he heard about the case, but denied he was personally responsible.

Police began investigating phone hacking in 2006, a probe which resulted in the jailing of a private detective and the News of the World's royal editor the following year.

Despite a steady stream of new claims, police did not reopen the probe until January this year.

A series of high-profile figures have been arrested, including former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and the News of the World's former editor Andy Coulson, who later became Prime Minister David Cameron's press chief.

© 2011 AFP

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