14th arrest in phone hacking scandal


by G.A.Ponsonby
A 35 year old man has become the latest person to be arrested in the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

The man was arrested by appointment and becomes the fourteenth person to be arrested in connection with the scandal.  Early reports suggest that the man is former News of the World reporter Dan Evans.

The news follows reports that police are questioning a police officer in connection with alleged leaking of information.

The 51 year old, a Detective Constable, was arrested at work on Thursday and has been released on bail until 29 September.  He is said to be part of the team investigating the phone hacking scandal, he has also been suspended.

Speculation is growing that the recipient of the leaked information may be someone connected to the Guardian newspaper after it published an article containing the information two hours before the police released it.

The article, from yesterday’s edition, reported facts on the arrest of News of the World’s Holywood reporter James Desborough.  Desborough was arrested by appointment at a London police station on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to section 1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers said: “I made it very clear when I took on this investigation the need for operational and information security.  It is hugely disappointing that this may not have been adhered to.

“The MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) takes the unauthorised disclosure of information extremely seriously and has acted swiftly in making these arrests.”