U.K. Press Association Reporter Arrested in Phone-Hacking Probe

A 34-year-old woman who works at a U.K. newswire has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into phone hacking by journalists.

The woman, who wasn’t identified, was arrested at a central London police station on suspicion of unlawfully intercepting mobile-phone voice-mail messages, police said. The Press Association said one of its reporters was being held by police in connection with the probe.

She is the fifth person arrested as part of the investigation into the phone-hacking probe that is centered on News Corp. (NWS)’s News of the World newspaper. The other four arrested were linked to the weekly tabloid including the questioning last week of a 39-year-old woman who had contributed freelance stories.

Officials at the London-based Press Association declined to comment beyond a statement that confirmed the arrest. Daisy Dunlop, a spokeswoman for News International, News Corp.’s U.K. unit, wasn’t immediately able to comment.

London police in April arrested News of the World reporter James Weatherup. The paper’s former news editor, Ian Edmondson, and former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck have also been arrested as part of the investigation.

The paper’s former royal reporter, Clive Goodman, and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were jailed in 2007 for accessing mobile-phone voice-mail boxes of members of the royal household.

News Corp. (NWSA) has apologized to some of the more than two- dozen celebrities that have sued over the allegations and has reached settlements with actress Sienna Miller and sports commentator Andy Gray.

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