Rebekah Brooks has been arrested, the Metropolitan Police confirmed on Sunday.
The former News International chief executive went to a London police station by appointment and was arrested on suspicion of corruption and phone hacking.
Brooks is the 10th person to be arrested in connection to the new investigation into allegations of phone hacking at the News of the World.
In a statement, police said: "The MPS has this afternoon, Sunday 17 July, arrested a female in connection with allegations of corruption and phone hacking.
"At approximately 12.00 hrs a 43-year-old woman was arrested by appointment at a London police station by officers from Operation Weeting together with officers from Operation Elveden and is currently in custody.
"She was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to Section1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977 and on suspicion of corruption allegations contrary to Section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.
"The Operation Weeting team is conducting the new investigation into phone hacking.
"Operation Elveden is the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police. This investigation is being supervised by the IPCC.
"It would be inappropriate to discuss any further details regarding these cases at this time."
Brooks is due to appear before Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Tuesday afternoon. The Chairman of that committee, John Whittingdale, says he doesn't know at this stage how the arrest of Mrs. Brooks will affect her planned evidence.
Media lawyer Mark Stephens said police were trying to get a grip on the scandal. He told Sky News: “I think the police are trying to move pretty quickly… One of those areas of concern is the suggestion that officers at all levels may have been the subject of receiving money as Rebekah Brooks told parliament when she last appeared before them.”
Rebekah Brooks has released a statement saying she is assisting police with her inquiries, and this was a pre-arranged appointment.
18/07/2011 21:19 BST
|@ tweetminster : S&P puts News Corp.'s ratings on creditwatch negative (via @zerohedge)|
18/07/2011 21:06 BST
Yvette Cooper Has Said The Met Have Wider Questions To Answer About The Checks They Make On Employees
"This does raise more concerns about the relationship between the police and the press, and we need urgent answers from the Met.
"Despite the concerns raised about hacking and the police investigations into News of the World, the Deputy Editor at the time ended up being employed by the Met police. And the Editor at the time ended up employed by the Prime Minister.
"Like Downing Street, the Met need to provide more answers about the security and propriety checks they did before making this employment decision and they need to provide more answers about what seems a very questionable judgement.
"We pressed from the start for the wider relationship between the press and the police, as well as between the press and politics to be part of the judicial inquiry. But we cannot wait for the inquiry for this level of openness and transparency to be forthcoming", the Shadow Home Secretary told LBC.
18/07/2011 20:58 BST
Police Now Searching Through Former Tabloid Journalist's Bins, The Guardian Report
Detectives are examining a computer, paperwork and a phone found in a bin near the riverside London home of Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International.
18/07/2011 20:42 BST
Scotland Yard: We Employed A Former NOTW Journalist Whilst He Worked On The Paper
|@ KeirSimmonsITV : Incredible: Scotland Yard statement says former NoW journalist Alex Marunchak worked for the Met as an interpreter from 1980 - 2000.|
18/07/2011 20:28 BST
An MP Scheduled To Question Sir Paul Stephenson Tomorrow Says His Committee Had No Idea About The Hiring Of Neil Wallis
James Clappinson says: "We will want to try and find out as much more as we can about this tomorrow. It is the first opportunity we've had to see Sir Paul Stephenson and to ask him for his views on it."
18/07/2011 20:13 BST
Bad News For David Cameron Though
39% of the public say their opinion of him has gone down since the scandal. 27% say their opinion of Nick Clegg has gone down and 20% say their opinion of Ed Miliband has gone down,
18/07/2011 20:08 BST
Labour Ahead In Second Poll For The Times
CON 34% (-5), LAB 39% (-1), LDEM 11% (+2)
18/07/2011 20:05 BST
Great Blog On Police Corruption
As Theresa May put it in an impressive statement to the House earlier, “These allegations are not, unfortunately, the only recent example of alleged corruption and nepotism in the police.” She then vowed to open an inquiry into these matters, which will stand in addition to the two already announced by the government. The panel will have plenty to look at, as Michael White explained in the Spectator a few years back.
18/07/2011 19:47 BST
Analysis On The Poll Which Puts The Conservatives Ahead By PoliticalBetting
These figures, from the UK’s highest regarded political pollster, will bring real cheer to both coalition partners. They are in very sharp contrast to YouGov which in recent weeks has been showing Labour with significant leads.
Another Times poll is due laterhttp://www1.politicalbetting.com/index.php/archives/2011/07/18/lds-up-4-and-lab-down-3-in-new-icm-poll/
18/07/2011 19:42 BST
Former Home Secretary Says Previous Investigations Were Not Pursued Because Of 'Lethargy'
Alan Johnson tells Channel 4 News: "What happened when the Guardian story blew - one newspaper reporting this in July 2009 - is that the Met were very clear that we'd had the inquiry, we'd had two people put away and there's lots of other things to do - should we go on a wild goose chase? The Director of Public Prosecutions was looking at all the evidence... only one newspaper is reporting it. We didn't know than about Milly Dowler, we didn't know then about 7/7 families, so at that time that kind of lethargy..."