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Man held in phone hacking inquiry

Detectives investigating phone hacking have arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, Scotland Yard has said.

The man was arrested at a residential address in Surrey earlier and will be questioned at a London police station.

The arrest was made as part of the Operation Weeting investigation into hacking of voicemail boxes. The man is the 24th person arrested as part of Operation Weeting. Six people - including former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie - have been charged in connection with the inquiry.

Mrs Brooks faces three charges of conspiring to pervert the course of justice, while her husband is charged with one count of the same offence. The couple are due to enter pleas when they appear at Southwark Crown Court in London on September 26.

Fourteen others remain on bail pending further inquiries while four were released with no further action.

Three people arrested on Wednesday as part of Operation Elveden, the Metropolitan Police investigation into suspected corrupt payments to public officials, were later released on bail.

Former Mirror journalist Greig Box-Turnbull, 37, who worked for Trinity Mirror until taking voluntary redundancy in March, a 46-year-old prison worker and a 50-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of corruption, conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office.

The 46-year-old man was bailed to return to a London police station on Thursday. Box-Turnbull and the 50-year-old woman are due to answer bail at separate London police stations in late October. Box-Turnbull is working for Westminster Council but was on secondment to Richmond Council.

Trinity Mirror has not been contacted by Scotland Yard about the arrest, and it is unclear whether any allegations are linked to Box-Turnbull's work for the Daily Mirror, a spokesman said. So far 37 people have been arrested as part of Operation Elveden.

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