Phone hacking: another NOTW journalist held

One of Rupert Murdoch's most senior and longest-serving journalists was arrested and questioned by detectives yesterday as police stepped up their inquiry into allegations of phone hacking at the News of the World.

As senior reporter James Weatherup was held at a London police station, detectives reportedly searched the NOTW offices at News International's headquarters in Wapping, east London. The newspaper's journalists repaired to a nearby pub, according to colleagues.

Mr Weatherup is the third senior NOTW figure to be arrested as part of Operation Weeting, the new Scotland Yard investigation into the paper's alleged interception of voicemail messages, launched four months ago after Britain's biggest newspaper company passed new evidence to police.

Neville Thurlbeck, 50, the NOTW's chief reporter, and former assistant editor Ian Edmondson, 42 – who was sacked around the turn of the year after the new evidence emerged – were arrested and released on police bail last week. Both are thought to deny involvement in hacking.

Three days after their arrest, on Friday, News International (NI) admitted wrongdoing at its top-selling title, spoke of its "sincere regret" and offered to set up a multi-million-pound fund to compensate eight high-profile victims with "justifiable claims", including the actress Sienna Miller, former culture secretary Tessa Jowell and football pundit Andy Gray. This week it emerged that NI will admit liability in a further nine civil cases.

The arrests further underline the Metropolitan Police's determination to investigate the scandal after criticism of an earlier inquiry by Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman, which led to the jailing of NOTW royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire in 2006, but which a Commons committee described as inadequate.

When counter-terrorism officers searched Mulcaire's home five years ago, they found 4,332 names, 2,978 mobile phone numbers and 91 PIN codes, but interviewed only one journalist, Goodman, and later insisted there had been only a handful of victims.

Mr Weatherup, 55, is a particularly high-ranking journalist at the newspaper, having worked as a reporter for 25 years. He served as a news editor between 2004 and 2006 – the period for which NI now admits hacking took place, later becoming a senior reporter.

His posts have included reporter, chief reporter, deputy news editor and news editor of The People and News of the World, according to his LinkedIn site. He wrote: "As well as breaking exclusive stories, managing huge budgets, I also advised stars on PR and media-related matters."

A police spokesman said a 55-year-old man had been arrested at 8am and taken to a London police station.

"The Operation Weeting team is conducting the new investigation into phone-hacking," he said.

"It would be inappropriate to discuss any further details regarding this case at this time."

Mr Weatherup was reported to have been bailed until September.

ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
Southern charm: Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan in ‘Joe’
filmReview: Actor delivers astonishing performance in low budget drama
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
Arts and Entertainment
Up my street: The residents of the elegant Moray Place in Edinburgh's Georgian New Town
tvBBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past
Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has been the teaching profession's favourite teacher
Luis Suarez looks towards the crowd during the 2-1 victory over England
Life and Style
Cheesecake frozen yoghurt by Constance and Mathilde Lorenzi
food + drinkThink outside the cool box for this summer’s frozen treats
John Barrowman kisses his male “bride” at a mock Gretna Green during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
peopleBarrowman's opening ceremony message to Commonwealth countries where he would be sent to prison for being gay
Sir Bradley Wiggins removes his silver medal after the podium ceremony for the men’s 4,000m team pursuit in Glasgow yesterday
Commonwealth games Disappointment for Sir Bradley in team pursuit final as England are forced to settle for silver
Alistair Brownlee (right) celebrates with his gold medal after winning the men’s triathlon alongside brother Jonny (left), who got silver
England's Jodie Stimpson won the women’s triathlon in the morning
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform