Rebekah Brooks: Rebekah Brooks’ Arrest
March 13, 2012 by staff
Rebekah Brooks: Rebekah Brooks’ Arrest, Rebekah Brooks was arrested in a dawn raid at her Oxfordshire home today as Scotland Yard’s inquiry into phone hacking moved into a dramatic new phase of investigating a possible cover up at the top of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers.
The 43-year-old former editor of The Sun, who recently became a mother, was one of six people including her husband, racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks, detained by detectives from the Yard’s Operation Weeting on the serious charge of suspected conspiracy to pe**ert the course of justice.
The arrests, which took place between 5am and 7am and followed consultations with the Crown Prosecution Service, is a significant escalation in the gravity of the offences being considered by police. Among those arrested were two current News International employees, including the company’s head of security, Mark Hanna.
The Independent understands police now believe there may have been a plot to conceal the extent of voicemail interception at the News of the World after the launch of Weeting 14 months ago. Detectives are believed to be investigating the handling within NI of sensitive data relating to phone hacking, including the activities of staff during an arrest last year.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who is a long-standing friend of Mr Brooks and part of the couple’s social circle in the Cotswolds, distanced himself from the latest developments as he flew to America. A spokesman said: “It is an operational matter for the police. You wouldn’t expect him to comment on it.”
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