Rebekah Brooks Arrested Over Phone Hacking

Ex-editor of News of the World Rebekah Brooks, her husband, and four others were arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

A spokesperson for the metropolitan police spoke yesterday about the raids, stating: "The co-ordinated arrests were made between approximately 5am and 7am this morning by officers from Operation Weeting, the MPS inquiry into the phone-hacking of voicemail boxes."

"All six - five men and one woman - were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977."

"A number of addresses connected to the arrests are being searched."

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the property of Mrs Brooks and her millionaire race-horse training husband will be searched, sometime today.

This is the second time she has been arrested, though in July last year it was with regards to intercepting communications and corruption. However, all charges then and now are with regards to the phone hacking scandal, which ended with the closure of the News of the World paper.

These six arrests bring the total number to 23, though the number of potential victims of phone hacking perpetrated by those involved could be close to 6,000. The defence by those charged has often been that there was only one or a few "rogue reporters" involved, but it seems with more information emerging over the past few months that were far from true.