New arrests in Operation Weeting

13 February 2013

New Scotland Yard

Detectives on Operation Weeting have identified a further suspected conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails by a number of employees who worked for the now defunct News of the World newspaper.

This suspected conspiracy is believed to have taken place primarily during 2005 to 2006. It is separate from the alleged conspiracy already being investigated by Operation Weeting in which a number of people have been charged.

As part of the new lines of inquiry six people were arrested this morning (13 February 2013) on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept telephone communications contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1997. All of them are journalists or former journalists.

A 46-year-old man ('Weeting Arrest A1') was arrested in the London Borough of Wandsworth;
a 39-year-old man ('Weeting Arrest B1') was arrested in the London Borough of Greenwich;
a 45-year-old man ('Weeting Arrest C1') was arrested in the London Borough of Wandsworth;
a 39-year-old woman ('Weeting Arrest D1') was arrested in Cheshire;
a 33-year-old woman ('Weeting Arrest E1') was arrested in the London Borough of Islington; and
a 40-year-old woman ('Weeting Arrest F1') was arrested in the London Borough of Lambeth.

They were interviewed at various police stations in London and Cheshire and searches were carried out at a number of addresses. These have now been completed and all aside from 'B1' have been bailed until a date in mid-May, pending further enquiries.

In due course officers will be making contact with people they believe have been victims of the suspected voicemail interceptions.

In the meantime if any individual believes they may be a victim and wishes to get in touch with Operation Weeting, they should email operationweeting@met.police.uk and their message should include details of the mobile phone number/s that may have been compromised.