18 August 2011 08:38 ET
A 38-year-old man has been arrested
as part of the investigation into phone hacking, Scotland Yard has said.
The man, named by the Guardian as former News of the
World journalist James Desborough, was arrested by officers on Thursday
He attended a south London police station by appointment, where he is being
held on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications.
Meanwhile, actress Leslie Ash has settled a claim against the paper.
The Men Behaving Badly star and her husband, former footballer Lee Chapman,
had sued the Sunday tabloid over allegations it illegally listened to voicemails
left by their sons while Ash was recovering from a superbug in hospital in
Their solicitor, Charlotte Harris, told BBC News they were “pleased” to have
settled the claim with the newspaper’s publisher and the private investigator
Glenn Mulcaire and to have been awarded an “appropriate” sum.
The couple now plan to take action against other newspapers, she said.
In a statement, the couple said they were pleased the issue had been resolved
and they had received an apology.
The couple revealed in January that police had found documents listing their
names, addresses and phone numbers, as well as the mobile details of their
News International has declined to comment.
On Thursday the Met Police made a 13th arrest as part of their hacking
investigation, Operation Weeting.
James Desborough, who joined the News of the World in 2005, was named showbiz
writer of the year at the British Press Awards in April 2009, and later became
the newspaper’s Los Angeles-based US editor.
The judges said he “produced a series of uncompromising scoops which mean no
celebrity with secrets can sleep easy”.
He is among the journalists undergoing a 90-day consultation period following
News International’s decision to cease publication of the tabloid in the wake of
the phone-hacking scandal.
A series of high-profile figures have been questioned by police, including
the company’s former chief executive Rebekah Brooks and ex-Downing Street
communications chief Andy Coulson.
After the latest arrest, News International said in a statement: “We are
fully co-operating with the police investigation and we are unable to comment
further on matters due to the ongoing police investigation.”
On Wednesday, the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson
was cleared of misconduct in his handling of the phone-hacking inquiry by the
The Independent Police Complaints Commission also cleared John Yates, former
Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman and former Deputy Assistant Commissioner
Peter Clarke of misconduct over phone hacking.
However, an independent inquiry will examine claims Mr Yates secured a Met
Police job for a News of the World executive’s daughter.
The announcement followed the release of a letter by the Commons culture
committee that suggested senior executives at the News of the World knew phone
hacking was taking place.
Written by former royal editor Clive Goodman as he appealed against his
dismissal in 2007, the letter said hacking was “widely discussed” at the
Following publication of the letter Prime Minister David Cameron said he
would have “taken different decisions” over the appointment of former News of
the World editor Andy Coulson as his director of communications if he had “known
then all the things I know now”.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
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his path of destiny = 63 = Cause for concern. Living nightmare.
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