Ex-News International chief Rebekah Brooks arrested as part of Met probe

REBEKAH Brooks was arrested yesterday morning as police swooped on six people suspected of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The former News International chief executive was arrested at her Oxfordshire home alongside her husband, racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks, in the latest move from Oper-ation Weeting – the Metropolitan Police Service’s inquiry into the phone-hacking of voicemail boxes.

News International confirmed that its head of security Mark Hanna was also arrested yesterday.

The other three people arrested were a 39 year old man from his home in Hampshire, a 46 year old man from West London and a 48 year old man at a business address in East London.

Unlike previous arrests of former and current journalists from The Sun, these were not prompted by information passed to the police by News Corp’s management and standards committee.

This brings the number of people held under Operation Weeting to 23.

Brooks was held for 48 hours in July on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, and has also been arrested on suspicion of corruption under the Operation Elveden investigation of illicit payments to police.