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Phone Hacking: Six People Arrested In Operation Weeting

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Police investigating phone hacking at News International made six arrests on Tuesday morning, Scotland Yard said.

Five men and one woman were arrested at addresses in London, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Hertfordshire between 5am and 7am on Tuesday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

A police spokesperson said: "All six - five men and one woman - were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977. A number of addresses connected to the arrests are being searched.

"Today's operation follows consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service."

Those arrested include a 43-year-old woman from Oxfordshire who is currently being questioned at a local police station, a 49 year old man was arrested at his home address in Oxfordshire, a 39 year old man was arrested at his home address in Hampshire, a 46 year old man was arrested at his home address in West London, a 38 year old man was arrested at his home address in Hertfordshire and a 48 year old man was arrested at a business address in East London.

Operation Weeting is running alongside Operation Elveden, which is looking into inappropriate payments to those in public life and Operation Tuleta, which is looking into computer hacking. The probe was set up in January 2011, the second police investigation into allegations of phone hacking at the News of the World. So far there have been 22 arrests under Weeting.

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