Two former News Of The World journalists arrested in phone hacking swoop
4:30pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 in News
Two former News of the World journalists have been arrested in Wandsworth as part of a new police investigation into phone hacking.
Two men, aged 45 and 46, were arrested at their homes in the borough this morning in the latest wave of arrests connected to Operation Weeting.
The journalists are part of group of six people, including three women, who were arrested today in Greenwich, Lambeth, Islington and in Cheshire.
Sky News has reported that two of the group are journalists currently working at The Sun newspaper.
Scotland Yard investigators confirmed the arrests related to alleged phone hacking understood to have taken place between 2005 and 2006.
Detectives have said they plan to speak to people they believe have been victims of this new line of suspected phone hacking.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police read: "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 (February 13) on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept telephone communications contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1997.
"All of them are journalists or former journalists."
More than 3,000 people are thought to have been hacked via 9,000 landline and mobile phone numbers.
A total of 26 people have been arrested so far under Operation Weeting and eight people have been charged.
The News Of The World was shut down in 2011 by its owner Rupert Murdoch following a raft of phones hacking allegations.
Police have urged any individual who believes they may have been be a victim to get in touch with Operation Weeting via firstname.lastname@example.org