Fresh arrests in British tabloid hacking scandal

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Police investigating Britain's phone hacking scandal arrested two men Tuesday, named by media as the chief reporter and a former news editor of the country's top-selling newspaper News of the World.

Scotland Yard police headquarters said they had arrested two men on suspicion of unlawfully intercepting mobile phone voicemail messages.

The men, aged 50 and aged 42, whom police did not name, were arrested after attending separate police stations in southwest London by appointment.

"They remain in custody for questioning after being arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications... and unlawful interception of voicemail messages," a police spokeswoman said.

The Guardian newspaper identified the men in custody as Neville Thurbeck, the News of the World's chief reporter, and the paper's former head of news Ian Edmondson.

News of the World's royal correspondent Clive Goodman was jailed in 2007 for conspiracy to access mobile phone messages involving Princes William and Harry.

Scotland Yard reopened their investigation in January after the tabloid provided police with fresh information.

A spokesman for the newspaper declined to comment when contacted by AFP.

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