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Hacking cover-up suspects bailed

News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie Credit: PA Wire

Five suspects arrested for perverting the course of justice in relation to the phone-hacking inquiry, understood to include Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie, were released on bail tonight, Scotland Yard said.

The News International former chief executive and Charlie Brooks, who has been a friend of the Prime Minister since school, were held earlier today on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, sources said.

Mark Hanna, News International's head of security, was also confirmed by the company as one of the six people arrested in raids in Oxfordshire, London, Hampshire and Hertfordshire.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said they were bailed to dates next month while the sixth suspect remains in custody.