Royal phone hacking scandal: More journalists arrested

Summary:Two senior reporters from the Murdoch-owned News of the World newspaper have been arrested amid further phone hacking allegation claims.

Two senior journalist have been arrested by the Metropolitan Police in London after the long-running phone hacking inquiry.

Ian Edmonson, former news editor for the News of the World, the newspaper owned by Murdoch's News International Group at the centre of the hacking scandal, was suspended in January amid the allegations.

Neville Thurlbeck, chief reporter for the newspaper has also been arrested, under the suspicion of conspiring to hack mobile communications. 

They were both arrested this morning and are being questioned by Scotland Yard under Operation Weeting, the unit tasked with investigating the hacking of phones from prominent figures, celebrities, politicians and members of the Royal family.

Also today, the Guardian report that the evidence given by a senior Scotland Yard official who is leading the investigation, John Yates, was challenged by the director of public prosecutions, claiming that evidence was either contradicted elsewhere or inaccurate.

This long running story continues, even after two men were initially charged and jailed for the initial phone hacking allegations in 2007. However, as more evidence turns up with more alleged victims, police are discovering more connections and piecing a greater picture together.

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Topics: Mobility, Security

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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