April 5th, 2011

Screws Hacks in Cuffs

When the current Screws Chief Reporter Neville Thurlbeck turned up voluntarily for questioning at a London police station this morning he was swiftly arrested for conspiracy to tap into or hack mobile communications. According to the Guardian his house is currently being searched. Former News Editor Ian Edmondson was also arrested and is being questioned at a separate police station. Champagne corks are popping over at York Way…


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  1. 1
    Proverbs 16:18 says:

    There was no tapping or hacking

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    • 3
      The Guardianistas says:

      Joy oh Joy. Let the world rejoice.

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      • 21
        Anonymous says:

        What kind of twat would leave evidence in his house years after the event?

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        • 23
          The hand of Plod says:

          Plod works in mysterious ways.

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          • David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

            When are the Met going to start arresting a few more MPs?? There were over 300 MPs fiddling their expenses, not a difficult offence to prove. Go on Met, tell us why you have not arrested very many MPs? Why hasn’t Laws been investigated and/or arrested? Conspiracy to defraud, obtain property by deception, false accounting- take your pick. You could meet him at Westminster, a bit like you did with Damian Green. Why not call it Operation Clear Out.

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          • Andy Coulson is going to squeeeeeaaal to the Pigs. Altogether now.. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha says:

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    • 8
      Operation Weeting says:

      Why have the Plod called it Operation Weeting?

      Google says weeting is a village in Norfolk

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/apr/05/phone-hacking-affair-now-journalists-arrested

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      • 62
        Anonymous says:

        John Prescot mumping his gums about the Police not doing a thorough enough investigation into the allegations of phone tapping. He may have a point but while we are on the subject I’d like to complain that the Police also did not do a thorough enough investigation into allegations of misconduct in public office against ministers who shagged their staff on the public purse. Eh fatty !

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  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Will they investigate other papers alleged of doing the same?

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    • 4

      Billy why aren’t you on Daily Politics? Turns out Dicky Bird is apparently the best umpire in the world…

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    • 5
      AngryEnglishJon says:

      Bloody Toynbee will be moist over the news

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      • 7
        Polly's Pussy says:

        Orgasmic….
        Cancel the KY order.

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        • 12
          will says:

          Polly and the guardian will have an orgasium over this. But most probably all the newspapers were at it and the guadian needs to remember that it needs to be squaky clean or else it could find itself in the dock as well.

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          • QWERTY says:

            Ah but the left do it in the interest of ‘liberalism’ and not wanting to know who is shitting on someone’s chest or shagging old grannies.

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          • Daily Mirror Editor says:

            We would never print salacious gossip about a celebrity affair.

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          • The Sentinal says:

            The Gruniad know about the news of the screws early because of informers.
            Hope we see the reverse very soon.
            Cannot believe this communist rag is clean, except for its tax free finances of course.

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      • 44
        Number 10's Cat says:

        “Bloody Toynbee will be moist over the news”

        Imagine all those poor confused seagulls flying around trying to find the trawler they can smell.

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    • 49
      MB. says:

      I have no love for Murdoch’s newspaper group (or any other part of his empire) but I would like to see some of the other newspapers implicated particularly the ones that have been after the News of the World.

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  3. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Max Mosley will be spanking happy today.

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  4. 10
    Maximus says:

    Meanwhile prosecution of the conspiracy between BT and shysters Phorm to intercept communications, which no-one disputes occurred on a mass scale, languishes somewhere, who knows where.

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    • 27
      annette curton says:

      It seems the only people that are still left on this Planet that are incapable or unwilling to intercept communication signals and find out what is really going on are The Met and MI6. FFS, Googles got more information on where you live and where your car is parked, they can even zoom in from an orbiting satellite to see what you’ve got sizzling on the Sunday Barbie, after all who were the great champions of ID cards? I seem to remember it was the Guardinistas, Remember Polly, If you’ve got nothing to hide you’ve got nothing to fear.

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  5. 11
    Oliver Leftwing says:

    Are these oiks from Sheffield by any chance???

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    • 20
      QWERTY says:

      Funny that when George the idiot Monbiot says that people who fly (presumably including those from Sheffield) are killers, what Letwin said is irrelevant.

      http://www.monbiot.com/2006/02/28/we-are-all-killers/

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      • 37
        Socialism has murdered 150 million human beings pride says:

        The ruling class is happy to absorb elements of Marxist scum into their ranks(after all the reds sold out on the money long ago). They are all dicatatorial vermin and the “workers united” crap will be soon forgotten as they all live high on the hog paid for by those they intend to see kept down and ripped off–ie US.

        A sack of turds like Monbiot has a lot more in common with a jug of diarrhea like Letwank than they have differences.

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  6. 13
    QWERTY says:

    Ah arresting journalists, looks like the hand of Nu Liebore runneth deep still. I just wonder how the Grauniad will feel when the Tories start arresting Guardian hacks. What next arresting MP’s? oh hang on the Liebore party did that as well.

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    • 22
      will says:

      Leaking has been part of politics for years, and also i am sure a lots of newspaper reporters in order to get a story have done things which would be seen as not legal. So when you throw a stone in the ponds beware of ripples

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    • 58
      Orwell says:

      yes, they should be arresting the management and owners not the journalists

      now, how do we arrest former convict descendent now US citizen Murdoch? Oh sorry he’s above the law, he’s mates with the ruling elite

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  7. 14
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    At least the News of the Screws gave us totty, the Gaurdian gave us Polly.

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  8. 16
    will says:

    just because they have been arrested does not mean charges as you have to prove that thye knew of the hacking and did not stop it. Anyway if a thick politician or celeb leaves thier answerphone on the default setting then thye are stupid and get everything that they deserve. Pity the poor bastards having to listen to ramblings on john prescotts phone they need a bloody medal.

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    • 39
      Duo Ball Toynbee says:

      +1

      Nobody really cares apart from hypocrites who staff the loss making tax dodging Gruntiad.

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    • 48
      The Obnoxious bird who only wanted a female staffer and her to be paid under minimum wage and says:

      { cough cough} Alpine {cough cough}

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  9. 26
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Sorry to be a pain Guido , But when is Debt Balls in court ?

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  10. 29
    huntthebox says:

    Hey Guido, how come you aren’t searching for Gordon’s box-as spotted by Dizzy and Tom Harris’s EDM?

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  11. 30

    I know its a bit rich, after all the collective bashing we gave Labour over its internet laws and CCTV abuse etc. But genuinely, on this long running hack story, I couldn’t give a stuff.

    Well done Polly and Co.
    Celebrate with some special socialist champagne for a few weeks, but then move on. Its a story that’s duller than John Major.

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  12. 31
    Wonga says:

    So were Dave and his mates obviously fishing in an established and experienced talent pond when they recruited their media guy from the NOTW?

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    • 34
      annette curton says:

      Is Gordon going to show up with a placard?
      (ad below).

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    • 35

      Now that is the only interesting thing about this story.

      Osborne a bit trusting?
      A bit desperate?
      A bit .. unconcerned.

      But even Mr Screws has gone now so its not even that relevant anymore.
      The trial might produce some highlights though.

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  13. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Anybody want some FA cup semi-final tickets? I was down to go but the wife won’t let me!

    I’ve got 900 – make me an offer.

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    • 40
      I don't need no doctor says:

      No thanks. I would sooner drink 10 pints of warm brussel sprout water.
      I would be too frightened to watch in case one of those tough footballers mouthed an obscenity at me.

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  14. 33
    Engineer says:

    Am I the only one to be somewhat underwhelmed by this ‘hacking’ saga?

    OK, it’s the wrong side of the line separating acceptable journalistic practice from the unacceptable, it’s intrusive and downright rude; so is peering through the keyhole or pressing an ear to a glass held on the dividing wall, and this seems to be on about the same level. The ‘scandals’ revealed seem to little more than tittle-tattle and gossip (ah – maybe I’ve just answered my own question!) but hardly in the big league. It’s unlikely that anybody lost their life as a result of this, or wars were started because of it, and it has had absolutely no effect whatever on the economy, public services, public spending, or the greater good of mankind. The whole thing just feels like an artificial storm in a teacup; especially as the law has already been clarified (and some of the guilty parties gaoled) in response to the Royal phone-hack scandal some years ago. It’s hard to see what further benefit can really be gained by continuing to persue this.

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    • 36

      Agree.
      I can see how the print media are in a froth, but taping 0000 into a phone isn’t much of a hack.
      I guess when the police corruption links, and dodgy civil servants and interns supplying phone numbers comes up it might be more exciting.

      But it wasn’t even much of a story even in the book the journalist wrote. Flat earth was it?
      The phone hacking was the most tedious part. Much better was how its possible to get completely fabricated story into the mainstream.

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      • 52
        Pay up, and play the game says:

        One wonders at the motivation of “Lets sweep this all under the carpet” lickspittles like both of the above posts. The ghoul Murdoch, his gutter hacks and corrupt plod have all conspired to cover up, and buy off, as much openess as is possible to stop the truth of accepted practices across the bent end of the shit st*ined media in delving into private lives, not to expose wrongdoing but in the chase for salacious gossip.
        This one will run and run and the most delightful aspect is that it’s going to cost Rupert a packet.

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        • 59
          Orwell says:

          the Metropolitan Police are a public service funded by taxpayers and are therefore inefficient and should be privatised, sell Murdoch a stake, then we won’t have such non-stories to bore us.

          Person A rings up a policeman friend of his and asks for the address that a car is registered to. The person is a member of the royal family or politician.

          This is nothing to worry about if Person A is a nice white right-wing journalist. If Person A is a bit brown or Muslim or Irish or a Brazilian electrician on his way to work or a newspaper vendor on his way back from work or simply not a conservative voter, it’s terrorism and deserves the death penalty.

          have I got this right loonies?

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        • 63
          David MacGille-Mhuire says:

          Hang them all?

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    • 43
      Call me Infidel says:

      It is a non story, it always was but Lard Preclott et al have pushed it because they need to deflect criticism away from their serial incompetence.

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      • 56
        Andy Coulson says:

        And that’s why Dave had to sack me.

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        • 60
          Orwell says:

          Turns out Ian Edmonson is in fact brown, owns a beard, and is a muslim. And on benefits.

          Is it still a non-story? Don’t forget, hacking is terrorism, especially when it is the Asperger’s Syndrome fakers and gay US soldiers with welsh mums doing it.

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  15. 38
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Who on earth would want to tap the phone of a fat hypocritical twat such as Prescott. The only thing you would find out is where he buys his pies from.

    I see PC Harwood was frightened and confused when he pushed Ian Tomlinson to the ground. Yeh right, he was with about twenty of his plod mates against just Mr. Tomlinson. Very frightening PC Harwood.

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    • 42
      The Sentinal says:

      You would also need an interpreter to understand Prescott.
      Harwood frightened and confused? Seems the plod shot themselves in the foot with that story. If so why employ someone like him in the first place, and then compound the felony by giving him such poor training.

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      • 50
        Cato Street Conspirator says:

        I doubt if many people in the police are talking to Harwood. If there’s one thing worse than a thug it’s a brainless thug. (No, not you Prescott.)

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    • 55
      screws hack plea bargaining says:

      Why would anyone want to tap the phone of Eric Pickles… shit! I wasn’t supposed to say that.

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  16. 46
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Gotcha!

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  17. 61
    Elgin's lost his marbles says:

    Stalin’s notional Prosecutor Andrei Vyshinski said “arrest is the primary proof of guilt”, which many have understood without realising. If only Mr Tomlinson had been arrested for a made-up offence, his death would have meant far less.

    Suits the Grauniad that Vyshinski live on.

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  18. 65
    That's News says:

    How many Mirror Group journalists are thinking: “Oh, Christ, please don’t let the police come after us! I promise, I’ll be good from now on!”

    Might be too late though, lads. Now, can you remember what you told your old mate from the News of the World at that NUJ branch social gathering several years back, when the subject of how you both got all your scoops came up?

    Did you tell them anything about celeb phone taps at the Mirror and the People? You were both very drunk that night. So you expect he can’t remember exactly what you said, right?

    You had better be right. Those handcuffs can be a bit tight, yeah?

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