Journalist arrested but cops cleared in phone hacking

| 19/08/2011

(BBC): A 38-year-old man has been arrested as part of the investigation into phone hacking, Scotland Yard has said.  The man, named by the Guardian as former News of the World journalist James Desborough, was arrested by officers on Thursday morning. On Wednesday, the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson was cleared of misconduct in his handling of the phone-hacking inquiry by the police watchdog. The Independent Police Complaints Commission also cleared John Yates, former Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman and former Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke of misconduct over phone hacking.

However, an independentinquiry will examine claims Mr Yates secured a Met Police job for a News of the World executive's daughter.

The announcement followed the release of a letter by the Commons culture committee that suggested senior executives at the News of the World knew phone hacking was taking place. Written by former royal editor Clive Goodman as he appealed against his dismissal in 2007, the letter said hacking was "widely discussed" at the paper.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The IPCC is, however, still carrying out an inquiry into whether Yates used his position to help get Wallis's daughter a job at Scotland Yard. He is accused of arranging a civilian role at Scotland Yard for Amy Wallis, 27.