UK police arrest 6 in media phone hacking investigation

Former News Of The World editor Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie are among six people arrested by police investigating phone hacking, according to Sky sources.

Five men and one woman were detained this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, Scotland Yard said.

The coordinated arrests were made by officers from Operation Weeting, the Metropolitan Police investigation into illegal hacking of voicemail messages.

Brooks and her husband were at home in Oxfordshire when they had a very early call from the police, Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said.

Scotland Yard said the four other men - aged 39, 46, 38 and 48 - were arrested at properties in Hampshire, London and Hertfordshire.

A number of addresses connected to the arrests are being searched, police added.

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