The former editor of the News of the World Rebekah Brooks has been arrested in relation to the phone hacking scandal.Â Â
Police confirmed that a 43-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with allegations of corruption and phone hacking.
At approximately midday a 43-year-old woman was arrested by appointment at a London police station by officers from Operation Weeting together with officers from Operation Elveden and is currently in custody.
Arrested: Rebekah Brooks has reportedly been arrested over the phone hacking scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s media empire
She was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to Section1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977 and on suspicion of corruption allegations contrary to Section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.
The Operation Weeting team is conducting the new investigation into phone hacking.
Operation Elveden is the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police. This investigation is being supervised by the IPCC.
A Scotland Yard source has previously said that executives at Rupert Murdoch’s empire News International – including his son James – were being investigated over a possible ‘cover up’ of the hacking scandal.
The Murdochs and Mrs Brooks are scheduled to appear before the Commons culture, media and sport committee on Tuesday.
The witnesses have all warned that the on-going criminal inquiry will hamper their responses, so many of the most controversial issues could be out of bounds.
But The Independent on Sunday said it was understood the Committee has legal advice that says Ms Brooks and the Murdochs must reveal, under oath, what they know as they have not been arrested by police investigating the hacking scandal.
Media lawyer Mark Stephens told Sky News that Rebekah Brooksâ€™ evidence before the Select Committee on Tuesday is likely to be unaffected by her arrest today.
Mr Stephens said: â€˜Although she is likely to be in the police station for the thick end of today, there is no doubt she will be released in time to go to the Select Committee.
â€˜This investigation is strangling and squeezing the information out and itâ€™s information that should frankly have been out some years ago. The police have sat on this and not done anything for years.
â€˜They have serious questions to ask about that.â€™
Rebekah Brooks ‘arrested over phone hacking scandal at News International’