Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

REBEKAH AND HER HUSBAND ARRESTED; PHONE-HACKING AS CAMERON FLIES OUT TO SEE OBAMA, TWO OF HIS CHIPPING NORTON FRIENDS ARE SEIZED ON SUSPICION OF CONSPIRACY Ex-Murdoch Chief and Horse Trainer among Six Arrested in Dawn Raids

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

REBEKAH AND HER HUSBAND ARRESTED; PHONE-HACKING AS CAMERON FLIES OUT TO SEE OBAMA, TWO OF HIS CHIPPING NORTON FRIENDS ARE SEIZED ON SUSPICION OF CONSPIRACY Ex-Murdoch Chief and Horse Trainer among Six Arrested in Dawn Raids

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Byline: Justin Davenport and Tom Harper

REBEKAH BROOKS and her husband were among six people arrested in early morning raids today by police investigating phone hacking at News International.

Mrs Brooks, 43, racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks, 49, and four other men were held on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The former News International chief executive and her husband, both close friends of David Cameron, were arrested at their home in Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. It is thought they were preparing to go to the Cheltenham Festival. The arrests are hugely embarrassing for Mr Cameron who is visiting President Obama in America.

Mrs Brooks resigned as the phone hacking scandal engulfed Rupert Murdoch's empire last year. Officers from the Operation Weeting phone hacking inquiry are searching addresses connected to today's arrests.

Mrs Brooks has been on bail since last summer when she was arrested on suspicion of phone hacking and illegal payments to police officers.

The former Sun and News of the World editor was being questioned in Oxfordshire while Mr Brooks was being interviewed at a Buckinghamshire police station.

She is thought to be the only one of the six to have been previously arrested in the ongoing police inquiry.

It is the first time her husband, who attended Eton with the Prime Minister, has been questioned by police. The couple are expected to be quizzed about two computers found dumped in a private car park under the Brooks's [pounds sterling]1.5 million Chelsea Harbour apartment last July.

An iPad and a laptop were found in a bin the day after Mrs Brooks was first arrested.

Four other men aged 39, 46, 38 and 48 were arrested in today's co-ordinated raids in Hampshire, west London, Hertfordshire and east London. The 48-year-old man was held at a business address in east London.

A total of 22 people have now been arrested under Operation Weeting since January last year, Scotland Yard said.

Revelations that Scotland Yard lent Mrs Brooks a police horse for two years prompted fresh scrutiny of relations between police chiefs and News International. …

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