Freelance reporter held in phone-hacking investigation

Her boyfriend on the NOTW signed a £105,000 contract with the private detective later jailed for illegal hacking

A freelance journalist and former girlfriend of a senior News of the World executive became the fourth person to be arrested in connection with the phone hacking scandal yesterday.

Terenia Taras, 39, was arrested at her Yorkshire home by detectives from the 45-strong Operation Weeting, the Scotland Yard investigation into allegations of phone hacking at the Sunday newspaper. She was held on suspicion of conspiring to intercept voicemails. Officers, who arrived at 6.55am, also searched her home in north Leeds.

Ms Taras is understood to have worked on the NOTW as a casual reporter for about a year in 2000 and 2001 and then as an occasional freelance contributor, writing 36 articles for the title between 2000 and about 2006. She also wrote for other national newspapers, including the Daily Mail and the Sunday Mirror, which carried her most recent bylined article in 2007.

The Yard declined to identify the arrested woman, who was taken to a police station in West Yorkshire for questioning. She was released on police bail after seven hours in detention and told to return in October.

The Metropolitan Police said: "The woman was arrested at a residential address in West Yorkshire on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications. The Operation Weeting team is conducting the new investigation into phone-hacking. It would be inappropriate to discuss any further details regarding this case at this time."

Ms Taras is the first person to be arrested by the Weeting team who is not a current or former full-time member of the NOTW staff. The paper's chief reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, and the former assistant news editor Ian Edmondson were arrested in April at their London homes, and then released on police bail. Another senior journalist, James Weatherup, who was a news editor on the paper, was also arrested and questioned that month.

Weeting has been investigating alleged links between staff at the Sunday tabloid, which is Britain's best-selling newspaper, and Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective who was jailed in 2007 for eavesdropping on the voicemails of public figures on its behalf.

The High Court in London heard claims this week that journalists at the NOTW hacked into phones themselves after being supplied with information such as voicemail PINs by Mulcaire.

Ms Taras had been in a relationship with Greg Miskiw, a former assistant editor at the NOTW and head of the paper's Manchester office until he left in 2005. It is understood the couple split up years ago and are no longer close.

Mr Miskiw signed a £105,000-a-year contract with Mulcaire for "research and information services" and in February 2005 signed a separate £7,000 contract with the private detective for a story about the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, Gordon Taylor. The NOTW later paid Mr Taylor an estimated £700,000 in damages and legal fees after his voicemails were hacked by Mulcaire.

It is understood officers from Operation Weeting want to talk to Mr Miskiw, who is thought to be living in the United States.

In a statement, News International, the NOTW owner, said: "This morning's events did not relate to a current employee or a former full-time member of staff of the News of the World. We have been co-operating fully with the police inquiry since our voluntary disclosure of evidence reopened the police investigation. Since then we have been determined to deal with these issues both on the criminal and civil side."

This week, News International announced it had settled a breach of privacy claim with the football pundit Andy Gray by paying him £20,000 in damages and his legal fees. Mr Gray's complaint against the NOTW was among five test cases due to go before the High Court in January.

The newspaper has already paid £100,000 in damages to the actress Sienna Miller, and offered an "unreserved apology" for a campaign of harassment through hacking which led to the publication of 11 articles about her relationship with her former fiancé, Jude Law.

News
peopleHowards' Way actress, and former mistress of Jeffrey Archer, was 60
Sport
Romelu Lukaku puts pen to paper
sport
News
Robyn Lawley
people
Arts and Entertainment
Unhappy days: Resistance spy turned Nobel prize winner Samuel Beckett
books
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
News
people
Life and Style
Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson voice the show’s heroes
gamingOnce stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover
News
i100
Life and Style
Phones will be able to monitor your health, from blood pressure to heart rate, and even book a doctor’s appointment for you
techCould our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?
News
people
Extras
indybest
Travel
Ryan taming: the Celtic Tiger carrier has been trying to improve its image
travelRyanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?
Sport
Usain Bolt confirms he will run in both the heats and the finals of the men's relay at the Commonwealth Games
commonwealth games
Life and Style
Slim pickings: Spanx premium denim collection
fashionBillionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers 'thigh-trimming construction'
News
Sabina Altynbekova has said she wants to be famous for playing volleyball, not her looks
people
News
i100
Life and Style
tech'World's first man-made leaves' could use photosynthesis to help astronauts breathe
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
Ryanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?

Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
Billionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers

Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
10 best over-ear headphones

Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel
Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2014: Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings
Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star