LONDON – British police investigating computer hacking and privacy offenses said Thursday they arrested a 60-year-old man at his southwest London home.
British media including the BBC and the Press Association identified the man as Tom Crone, the former legal manager for Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid.
The man is being questioned at a London police station on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, Scotland Yard said. He was arrested in connection with Operation Weeting, one of three investigations into media wrongdoing and corruption.
Britain's media and political establishments have been shaken by allegations that the now-closed News of the World hacked people's phones for scoops. The allegations erupted into a massive scandal, prompting multiple investigations and dozens of arrests.
Among those facing criminal charges are Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News Corp.'s British operations, and Andy Coulson, a former tabloid editor and the former communications chief for Prime Minister David Cameron.