Britain’s phone hacking storm has flared up again with the arrest for a second time of Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the newspaper at the heart of the scandal. She and her husband were said to be among six people that police say were detained in dawn raids across the country on suspicion of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation into illegal activities at media mogul Rupert Mudurch’s now-defunct weekly tabloid. It is alleged News of the World journalists repeatedly hacked into mobile phones to generate stories.
The long-running saga has rocked Murduch’s News Corp empire and exposed what many feel are unethical relations between reporters and senior police officers and politicians.
The scandal has even reached Downing Street as Prime Minister David Cameron is a close friend of Charlie Brooks, Rebekah’s husband. Cameron has admitted he once rode a horse given to the Brooks by the police. The affair has been branded ‘horsegate’ by rival press.