06/01/2012 10:56 GMT

Cheryl Carter, Former Aide To Rebekah Brooks, Arrested Over Phone Hacking

A former personal assistant for Rebekah Brooks has been arrested at her home in Essex by detectives investigating phone hacking at the News of the World.

According to the Press Association Cheryl Carter, 47, was named by several sources as the latest suspect to be questioned by Scotland Yard's Operation Weeting squad.

Carter left News International in July after 19 years working for Brooks, the company's former chief executive. She also worked for the Sun as a beauty editor.

She is being questioned at a police station in Essex on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Detectives are understood to be investigating allegations that emails were destroyed at the company before evidence was handed over to the Metropolitan Police.

Brooks, her former boss, was arrested and bailed in July by the same team of detectives.

Scotland Yard said the latest suspect is the 17th arrest under its probe into mobile phone interceptions.

A Scotland Yard spokesman told PA: "The woman was arrested at approximately 6.55am... she is currently in custody at an Essex police station."

Carter is the first Weeting arrest since private investigator Glenn Mulcaire was released on bail until March over allegations of phone hacking and perverting the course of justice.