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'Kuttner rearrested' in hack probe

The former managing editor of the News of the World has been rearrested on suspicion of phone hacking and inappropriate payments to police, according to reports.

A 71-year-old man was released on bail after being questioned at a London police station, Scotland Yard said.

The suspect is thought to be Stuart Kuttner, who resigned as the newspaper's managing editor in July 2009.

He was reported as being arrested on Sky News.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "The 71-year-old man was arrested on 2 August and bailed to a date in August and he has now been bailed to a date in September."

Kuttner has previously denied his decision to quit shortly before the Guardian disclosed the News of the World paid out more than £1 million to settle cases which threatened to reveal evidence of alleged phone hacking was related to the issue.

At the time of his resignation, he was described by then-editor Colin Myler as a man whose "DNA is absolutely integrated into the newspaper which he has represented across the media with vigour".

The 71-year-old is referred to as Man I by Operation Weeting detectives who are investigating phone hacking.

He is known as Suspect I by officers from Operation Elveden who investigate inappropriate payments to police.


From Belfast Telegraph