UK police arrest 2 men in phone-hacking probe

UK police arrest 2 men in phone-hacking probe London: Two men have been arrested as part of an investigation into phone hacking at one of Britain's best-selling tabloids, British police said on Tuesday.

Metropolitan Police said two men, aged 50 and 42, were arrested at separate police stations in London on suspicion of unlawfully intercepting voicemail messages. They declined to name the men, who remain in custody for questioning.

The arrests are the first since police reopened a criminal inquiry into phone tapping at the News of The World following fresh allegations from celebrities, such as Sienna Miller, who have accused the paper of illegal hacking and harassment.

Britain's Guardian newspaper named the men as the News of The World's chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former news editor Ian Edmondson, who was suspended and then fired amid the fresh claims.

The News of The World has been at the centre of the scandal since a reporter and a private investigator employed by the title were caught illegally eavesdropping on the phones of the British royal family's entourage.

The pair were convicted in 2007, but News of the World executives have long insisted that they were the only ones responsible for the tapping operation, a claim dismissed as implausible by the paper's critics.

The News of The World declined to comment today's arrests.

Bureau Report