Six journalists arrested in new phone hacking probe

10:39 13 February 2013

Six former News of the World journalists have been arrested in connection with a new police investigation into alleged phone hacking.

The arrests were made as part of a new line of inquiry that is separate from allegations under Operation Weeting, the existing Scotland Yard investigation into phone hacking.

Two men aged 45 and 46 were held in Wandsworth, and a 39-year-old man was arrested in Greenwich.

The three women arrested were a 39-year-old who was detained in Cheshire, a 33-year-old in Islington, and a 40-year-old in Lambeth. They are currently in custody.

The arrests are in relation to alleged offences which took place around 2005 and 2006.

Detectives plan to speak to people they believe have been victims of the suspected phone hacking.

An internal message has been sent to News International employees confirming that two of those arrested are journalists currently working for The Sun.

The pair has been provided with lawyers.

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