LONDON — Four journalists or former journalists at Mirror Group Newspapers have been arrested in London by police investigating alleged phone hacking.
It is the first time Scotland Yard has indicated it has identified a suspected plot to intercept telephone voicemails involving the newspaper group.
The inquiry centres on the Sunday Mirror between 2003 and 2004.
Those arrested included former Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver and the People’s current editor James Scott.
Police working on Operation Weeting said three men, aged 40, 49 and 46, and a 47-year-old woman were held at separate addresses in London at 06:00 GMT on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept telephone communications contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1997.
All are journalists or former journalists on Mirror Group Newspaper titles, they confirmed.
An email to staff from Simon Fox, the chief executive of parent company Trinity Mirror, confirms the names of four people arrested.
The email says another serving members of staff, Nick Buckley, the Deputy Editor of the People and Mark Thomas, a former editor of the newspaper were also held.
All four are being provided with legal support, it added.
The People editor is also the former deputy editor of the Sunday Mirror while Weaver is now an editorial member of the Press Complaints Commission.
All four are being interviewed at various police stations in London and searches are being carried out at a number of addresses.
They are yet to respond publicly to the allegations. (BBC)