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Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck has been released on bail tonight pending further enquiries.
He was arrested earlier in central London by detectives investigating phone-hacking at News International, Scotland Yard said.
- Former Chief Reporter at News of the World
- First arrested on April 5 2011 on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and unlawful interception of voicemail messages.
- He was sacked from the newspaper in September 2011 and has since lodged a claim for unfair dismissal against News International.
- Currently a theatre critic for the Surrey Comet and prolific blogger.
Mr Thurlbeck is being questioned on suspicion of witness intimidation and encouraging or assisting an offence. He has blogged about the inquiry in recent months and claimed that he refused a police offer to give evidence against his ex-employer News International.
The Operation Weeting arrest was named by sources as former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, who was previously held on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications on April 5 last year.
A 51-year-old man was arrested by appointment in central London by detectives investigating phone hacking at News International, Scotland Yard said.
Former News International Executive Chairman James Murdoch told MPs in a letter: "It has been suggested that my decision to resign my role at News International reflected past knowledge of voicemail interception or other alleged criminal wrongdoing at News International. This is untrue.
"I take my share of responsibility for not uncovering wrongdoing earlier. However, I have not misled Parliament. I did not know about, nor did I try to hide wrongdoing."
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Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck has been arrested by police investigating phone-hacking.