West Yorkshire woman arrested in phone hacking probe

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Scotland Yard police investigating phone-hacking allegations have arrested a 39-year-old woman in West Yorkshire.

Detectives investigating allegations of voicemail hacking arrested the woman on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications.

The suspect was detained just before 7am today at a residential address in the county, Scotland Yard said.

She was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept mobile phone voicemail messages and was being questioned at a police station in Yorkshire, said a spokesman.

The arrest is part of Operation Weeting, a new investigation into phone hacking allegations involving the News of the World which was launched by the Metropolitan Police in January.

The paper’s former royal reporter Clive Goodman and private detective Glenn Mulcaire were jailed in 2007 for intercepting messages from members of the Royal household.

The new inquiry was set up following allegations that other famous people also had their messages intercepted.

Three News of the World journalists have been arrested since the new inquiry was launched.

Scotland Yard gave no details about the suspect arrested this morning.