|Incumbent editor of UK Sunday paper James Scott held over voicemail interceptions
The editor of a British Sunday paper, which claims to be “feisty, funny and truly independent,’’ has been arrested over alleged interception of phone voicemail messages, media reports said.
Sunday People editor, James Scott, has become the first serving newspaper editor in Britain to be arrested over phone hacking, relating to his time at the Sunday Mirror a decade ago, the Guardian reported.
He was among four former Sunday Mirror senior journalists arrested by police on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept voicemail messages.
Tina Weaver, the ex-Sunday Mirror editor who is seven months pregnant, was also arrested on Thursday morning.
The other two were Nick Buckley, the deputy Sunday People editor, and Mark Thomas, the former People editor, who also both formerly worked for the Sunday Mirror.
All four have been granted bail.
The Metropolitan police said the alleged conspiracy mainly concerned the Trinity Mirror-owned Sunday Mirror between 2003 and 2004.
Simon Fox, chief executive of Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People publisher Trinity Mirror, sent an email to staff at lunchtime on Thursday confirming the arrests of Weaver, Scott, Thomas and Buckley.
A Trinity Mirror spokesman said: "We can confirm that James Scott the editor of the People and his deputy, Nick Buckley, were arrested this morning as part of Operation Weeting. We understand that two former employees were also arrested this morning."