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Ex-NoTW US editor held in hack case

The News of the World's former US editor has been questioned over phone hacking at the axed tabloid.

James Desborough, who won a British Press Award in 2009, was arrested by appointment at a south London police station, sources said.

He was quizzed over voicemail interceptions alleged to have taken place before his switch from London to LA, those close to the investigation added.

The 38-year-old, who joined the paper as a showbusiness and news reporter in 2005 before being promoted to US editor in 2009, was bailed until a date in October following several hours of questioning after being arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept voicemails.

He is among journalists in the midst of a 90-day consultation period following News International's decision to kill off the paper in the wake of the scandal.

Desborough, who was commended for a series of showbiz scoops including that TV host Fern Britton had a gastric band fitted, becomes the 13th arrest of the fresh investigations into criminal activities at the Sunday tabloid.

A statement from the publishing giant said: "We are fully co-operating with the police investigation and we are unable to comment further on matters due to the ongoing police investigation."

The arrest comes a day after allegations of misconduct against former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson were binned by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Scotland Yard's fresh investigation into phone hacking was launched in January, with a series of high-profile figures being arrested including former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and ex-Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson.

The scandal has already caused the closure of the News of the World after 168 years and the resignation of Sir Paul and Assistant Commissioner John Yates.


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