Police Arrest Three in News Corp. Phone Hacking, Bribery Probes

London police arrested a 26-year-old News Corp. employee and two former health workers as part of related probes into phone hacking and bribery at News Corp.’s U.K. newspapers.

The 26-year-old man was arrested at an address in Surrey on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in the phone hacking probe known as Operation Weeting, the Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement today. The man works at News Corp.’s U.K. unit in a non-editorial role, Daisy Dunlop, a spokeswoman at News International, said by phone.

More than 50 people have been arrested in probes that are under way as New York-based News Corp. plans to split the company into separate entertainment and publishing arms. Revelations a year ago that journalists at the News of the World hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl led the company to close the tabloid.

Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive officer of News Corp.’s U.K. unit, was charged in May with perverting the course of justice in the probe. She denies the claims.

A 46-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman, both former employees of the National Health Service, were arrested in Somerset in the Operation Elveden bribery probe. They are being questioned by police.

Police said in a statement the Somerset arrests were as a result of information handed over by New Corp.’s Management Standards Committee, which is investigating misconduct within the company. Dunlop declined to comment on the bribery probe.

Trinity Mirror

London police, who have arrested 37 people in the Elveden probe, made their first arrest of a non-News Corp. (NWSA) journalist yesterday in the investigation. Greig Box Turnbull, a former Trinity Mirror Plc reporter, was detained along with a 46-year- old former prison officer and a 50-year-old woman.

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News Corp. has said it will split its entertainment business from its publishing unit, including the subsidiary that published the now-defunct News of the World.

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