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Investigator held by hacking police

A private investigator previously employed by the News of the World has been arrested over allegations of phone hacking and perverting the course of justice.

Former footballer Glenn Mulcaire is being held by Operation Weeting detectives after officers swooped on his Surrey home at dawn, sources said.

Scotland Yard said a 41-year-old was being questioned in custody at a south London police station.

Mulcaire, from Sutton, ran Nine Consultancy, a firm offering to protect clients from media intrusion, before landing work with the now axed Sunday tabloid.

He signed a year's contract with the paper for "research and information services" worth more than £100,000.

The suspect commented through his lawyer last month on allegations surrounding the hacking of a mobile phone belonging to murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

Sarah Webb, of Payne Hicks Beach law firm, said: "Glenn Mulcaire has previously expressed his sincere personal sympathy for the Dowler family. Because of the on-going criminal investigation, it is not possible to say much at this time."

Pledging support to Surrey Police's agreement to disclose documents concerning interceptions in 2002, Ms Webb added: "He is confident that they will shed light on the actions he took then and the basis of them. Further, he confirms that he did not delete messages and had no reason to do so."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said detectives were questioning a suspect over the phone interceptions and perverting the course of justice.

Former striker Mulcaire is the 18th hacking-related arrest since the fresh investigation was launched.


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