British police make new arrest in phone hacking probe

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British police on Thursday arrested another person in connection with the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, the Metropolitan Police said.

The 60-year-old man was arrested by officers in London, it said in a statement. It did not identify the man and there were no initial reports about who he was.

It said he was held "on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications" and was in custody at a west London police station.

On Friday police arrested Andy Coulson, a former editor of the paper and the one-time media chief of Prime Minister David Cameron, over phone hacking and allegations of buying off police officers. He was later released on bail.

Cameron told parliament on Wednesday there had been eight arrests so far in the scandal, which forced Murdoch to close the News of the World last week and has derailed his takeover bid for pay-TV giant BSkyB.

© 2011 AFP

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