The Accused: At Least 55 UK Journalists Arrested Since April 2011

February 13, 2013

By William Turvill and Alan Selby via Press Gazette

At least 55 journalists have now been arrested in the last two years as a result of police investigations stemming from the phone-hacking scandal.

On 13 February, a further six former News of the World journalists – including two current Sun journalists – were arrested on suspicion of phone-hacking. No journalists have been convicted yet and the vast majority remain on bail.

So far 106 individuals have been arrested as a result of the police investigations into phone-hacking (Weeting), bribes (Elveden) and computer-hacking (Tuleta).

Those arrested so far include at least 21 former News of the World journalists, at least 22 Sun journalists, two Mirror journalists, one former Times journalist and one Daily Star journalist.

Here Press Gazette details all the confirmed UK journalists arrested since April 2011

Operation Weeting

Investigation into allegations of illegal mobile phone voicemail interception.

Ian Edmondson, former assistant editor of News of the World

Arrested on 5 April 2011 on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and unlawful interception of voicemail messages

Charged on 24 July 2012 on 12 counts of conspiracy to intercept mobile phone voicemail messages without lawful authority

Neville Thurlbeck, former chief reporter at News of the World

Arrested on 5 April 2011 on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and unlawful interception of voicemail messages

Charged on 24 July 2012 on eight counts of conspiracy to intercept mobile phone voicemail messages without lawful authority

James Weatherup, former assistant news editor of News of the World

Arrested on 14 April 2011 on suspicion of unlawfully intercepting communications

Charged on 24 July 2012 on eight counts of conspiracy to intercept mobile phone voicemail messages without lawful authority

Terenia Taras, freelance journalist

Arrested on 23 June 2011 on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications

Cleared in July 2012

Laura Elston, Press Association royal correspondent

Arrested on 27 June 2011 on suspicion of intercepting communications

Cleared on 18 July 2011

Andy Coulson, former editor of News of the World and ex-Downing Street communications director

Arrested on 8 July 2011 on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and in relation to alleged illegal payments to police officers

Charged on 24 July 2012 on five counts of conspiracy to intercept mobile phone voicemail messages without lawful authority

Neil Wallis, former executive editor of News of the World

Arrested on 8 July 2011 on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications

Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive

Arrested on 17 July 2011 in relation to phone hacking and illegal payments to police

Charged on 24 July 2012 on three counts of conspiracy to intercept mobile phone voicemail messages without lawful authority

Stuart Kuttner, former managing editor of News of the World

Arrested on 2 August 2011

Charged on 24 July 2012 on three counts of conspiracy to intercept mobile phone voicemail messages without lawful authority

Greg Miskiw, former news editor of News of the World

Arrested on 10 August 2011 on suspicion of unlawful interception of communications and on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications

Charged on 24 July 2012 on ten counts of conspiracy to intercept mobile phone voicemail messages without lawful authority

James Desborough, former Hollywood reporter of News of the World

Arrested on 18 August 2011 on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications

Cleared in March 2012

Dan Evans, former News of the World reporter

Arrested on 19 August 2011 on suspicion of phone-hacking

Ross Hall, former News of the World reporter

Arrested on 2 September 2011 on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept voicemail messages and attempting to pervert the course of justice

Cleared in July 2012

Raoul Simons, deputy football editor at The Times

Arrested on 7 September 2011 on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept voicemail messages

Cleared in July 2012

Bethany Usher, former News of the World reporter

Arrested on 30 November 2011 suspicion of intercepting voicemail messages

Cleared on 8 December 2011

Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive

Re-arrested on 13 March 2012 on suspicion of perverting the course of justice

Charged on 15 May 2012 with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice

39-year-old male former News of the World journalist

Arrested in Greenwich on 13 February on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails

46-year-old male former News of the World journalist

Arrested in Wandsworth on 13 February on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails

45-year-old male former News of the World journalist

Arrested in Wandsworth on on 13 February on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails

39-year-old female former News of the World journalist

Arrested in Cheshire on 13 February on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails

33-year-old female former News of the World journalist

Arested in Islington on 13 February on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails

40-year-old female former News of the World journalist

Arrested in Lambeth on 13 February on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails

Operation Elveden

Investigation into allegations of illegal payments made to public officials.

Andy Coulson, former editor of News of the World and ex-Downing Street communications director

Arrested on 8 July 2011 on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and in relation to alleged illegal payments to police officers

Clive Goodman, former royal editor at News of the World

Arrested on 8 July 2011 in connection with alleged illegal payments to police

Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive

Arrested on 17 July 2011 in relation to phone hacking and illegal payments to police

Stuart Kuttner, former managing editor of News of the World

Arrested on 2 August 2011

Jamie Pyatt, reporter at The Sun

Arrested on 4 November 2011 in connection with allegations of inappropriate payments to police

Lucy Panton, former crime editor of News of the World

Arrested on 15 December 2011 as part of an investigation into alleged payments to police officers

Mike Sullivan, crime editor of The Sun

Arrested on 28 January 2012 on suspicion of corruption, aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office and conspiracy in relation to the two previous offences

Graham Dudman, former managing editor of The Sun

Arrested on 28 January 2012 on suspicion of corruption, aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office and conspiracy in relation to the two previous offences

Fergus Shanahan, executive editor of The Sun

Arrested on 28 January 2012 on suspicion of corruption, aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office and conspiracy in relation to the two previous offences

Chris Pharo, news desk executive of The Sun

Arrested on 28 January 2012 on suspicion of corruption, aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office and conspiracy in relation to the two previous offences

Geoff Webster, associate editor of The Sun

Arrested on 11 February 2012 on suspicion of corruption, aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office, and conspiracy in relation to both these offences

John Kay, chief reporter at The Sun

Arrested on 11 February 2012 on suspicion of corruption, aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office, and conspiracy in relation to both these offences

John Edwards, picture editor at The Sun

Arrested on 11 February 2012 on suspicion of corruption, aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office, and conspiracy in relation to both these offences

Nick Parker, chief foreign correspondent at The Sun

Arrested on 11 February 2012 on suspicion of corruption, aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office, and conspiracy in relation to both these offences

John Sturgis, reporter at The Sun

Arrested on 11 February 2012 on suspicion of corruption, aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office, and conspiracy in relation to both these offences

Virginia Wheeler, defence editor of The Sun

Arrested on 1 March on suspicion of corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office (contrary to common law) and conspiracy in relation to both offences

Duncan Larcombe, royal editor of The Sun

Arrested on 19 April 2012 on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office

37-year-old News International journalist

Arrested on 25 May 2012 on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office, contrary to common law and suspicion of bribery, contrary to the Bribery Act 2010

Neil Millard, reporter at The Sun

Arrested on 14 June 2012 on suspicion of corruption

Greig Box-Turnbull, former Daily Mirror journalist

Arrested on 4 July 2012 on suspicion of corruption, conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office

Justin Penrose, Sunday Mirror crime correspondent

Arrested on 11 July 2012 on suspicion to corrupt and of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office

Tom Savage, deputy news editor of the Daily Star Sunday

Arrested on 11 July 2012 on suspicion to corrupt and of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office

37-year-old journalist at The Sun

Arrested on 8 August 2012 over the suspected bribery of a police officer

43-year-old journalist

Arrested on 15 September 2012 on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office

51-year-old Sun journalist from Bristol

Arrested on 19 September 2012 on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office

32-year-old Sun journalist from south east London

Arrested on 19 September 2012 on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office

38-year-old journalist from Sussex

Woman arrested on 6 December on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and cause misconduct in a public office

39-year-old Sun journalist Anthony France

Arrested in Hertfordshire on 17 January on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and cause misconduct in a public office.

Operation Tuleta

Investigation into allegations of computer-hacking.

Rhodri Phillips, reporter at The Sun

Arrested on 19 July 2012 on suspicion of handling stolen goods

Nick Parker, chief foreign correspondent at The Sun

Arrested on 30 July 2012 on suspicion of handling stolen goods

37-year-old male journalist

Arrested on 31 July 2012 on suspicion of handling stolen good

Patrick Foster, former media reporter for The Times

Arrested on 29 August 2012 on suspicion of offences under the Theft Act 1968

33-year-old male journalist

Arrested on 7 September 2012 on suspicion of offences under the Theft Act, Computer Misuse Act and on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice

30-year-old Sun journalist

Arrested on 20 September 2012 on suspicion of handling a stolen mobile phone

61-year-old former News of the World Ireland editor Alex Marunchak

Arrested on 2 October 2012 at his home in Kent on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

Operation Rubicon

Investigations into allegations surrounding former MSP Tommy Sheridan’s defamation action against the News of the World and his subsequent conviction for perjury.

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson

Arrested on 30 May 2012 by Strathclyde Police on suspicion of committing perjury and charged the same day

Douglas Wright, former News editor of the News of the World Scotland

Arrested and charged on 17 August 2012 with perjury and conspiracy to hack phones. He also faces allegations of other data protection offences, Strathclyde Police said.

Bob Bird, former editor of the News of the World Scotland

Arrested and charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice during Sheridan’s defamation action on 29 August

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