Mobile phone hacking probe journalist bailed

A journalist who was arrested by police investigating the alleged hacking of stolen mobile phones was bailed tonight.

The man, 33, was arrested today on suspicion of offences under the Theft Act, Computer Misuse Act and on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, Scotland Yard said.

He was was held after going to a police station in south London by appointment, and will return to police on a date in late November. The arrest related to an alleged conspiracy to access information on stolen mobile phones, a police spokesman said.

The man is the 12th person to be arrested under Operation Tuleta, the Met inquiry into computer hacking and other privacy breaches.

So far 43 people have been arrested under operation Elveden and 25 under Weeting.