Hacking probe journalist bailed

 

A journalist arrested today by police investigating the alleged hacking of stolen mobile phones has been bailed, Scotland Yard said.

The 30-year-old man was detained at his home in south-east London this morning on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act and handling stolen goods, and later released on bail until December.

He is the 14th person to be arrested under Operation Tuleta, a Scotland Yard investigation into privacy breaches including the alleged hacking of computers and stolen mobile phones.

The Operation is being run in tandem with two other investigations, Operation Weeting which is looking at alleged phone hacking, and Operation Elveden, an inquiry into claims of corrupt payments to public officials.

A serving police officer and two Sun journalists were arrested under Operation Elveden yesterday.

The 39-year-old Wiltshire officer was arrested at his home in the county at 6am on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

A 51-year-old journalist was detained at his home in Bristol and a 32-year-old journalist was held at his house in south-east London, both on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office.

All three were bailed to return to police stations in January 2013. The arrests brought the total number of people detained as part of the investigation to 50.

News International confirmed that both the journalists work for the Sun newspaper, but did not give any more details.

Eight people have been charged so far under Operation Weeting, including former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson.

They are due to appear at the Old Bailey on September 26.

PA

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