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Brooks held in phone-hacking probe

Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband are among six suspects arrested by detectives investigating phone hacking at News International.

The former News International chief executive and Charlie Brooks were arrested at their Oxfordshire home on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, sources said.

Police are searching several addresses after dawn raids also took place in London, Hampshire and Hertfordshire, Scotland Yard said.

Ms Brooks, a former editor of The Sun, had been on bail after being questioned by detectives last summer on suspicion of phone hacking and corruption.

The arrest come after her lawyer, Stephen Parkinson, said evidence given by Sue Akers at the Leveson Inquiry had brought "much prejudicial material" into the public domain.

Mrs Brooks, 43, is being questioned at an Oxfordshire police station while Mr Brooks is being interviewed at a Buckinghamshire police station.

The arrests come after it emerged that Scotland Yard agreed to lend Mrs Brooks a horse for two years, prompting fresh scrutiny over relations between police chiefs and News International.

Mrs Brooks was first arrested and questioned last July, days after resigning as chief executive. Officers from Operation Weeting - the inquiry into voicemail interceptions - said they consulted the Crown Prosecution Service before carrying out the operation. Officers said the four other men - aged 39, 46, 38 and 48 - were arrested in raids in Hampshire, west London, Hertfordshire and east London.

Mrs Brooks is the only suspect being questioned who had already been arrested under Weeting, a source said.

A total of 22 people have now been arrested under Weeting, which has been running since January last year, Scotland Yard said.

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