February 13th, 2013

Six More Hacks Nicked By Weeting Cops

Some significant developments in the Operation Weeting phone-hacking investigation: six journalists have been arrested for conspiracy to intercept voicemails at the Screws. A 33 year old woman from Chesire, as well as 46 year old man from Wandsworth, 39 year old man from Greenwich, 45 year old man from Wandsworth, 33 year old woman Islington and a 40 year old woman from Lambeth have been nicked. Two now work for The Sun. The arrests relate to a newly uncovered alleged conspiracy from 2005-6. Weeting, Elveden and Tuleta have now arrested a total of 106 people…


  1. 1
    Steve Miliband says:

    Change your PIN


    • 32
      Anonymous says:

      Nice to know that the top management wasn’t aware of it. It seems be the same in banks as well.


    • 33
      Cut-me-own-throat Dibbler says:

      How many were arrested over the 1200 murders at Stafford NHS hospital?


      • 55
        lojolondon says:

        Touche. To be fair, the managers of the NHS trusts are all Liebour supporters, not hackers. There are those who say that if you give your car keys to somebody then you can’t accuse them of stealing your car. How come if you leave the ‘key’ to your voicemail available to all, it is a crime to listen in??


  2. 2
    B Boyd says:



  3. 3
    Tooth fairy says:

    and how many have the Fernbridge cops arrested? or come to that where are the politicians that Watson alleged to be abusing children who have been arrested?

    The law is slow, best I go back and watch that fast moving American cop shows.


    • 18
      Sir William Wade says:

      It may come as a shock, but it is just possible that Mr Watson was shooting from the hip when he said that. The honourable gentleman is not entirely unmindful of the value of publicising oneself.


      • 20
        Tooth fairy says:

        More likely that the evidence is not 300% watertight, after all what is the word of one damaged victim to that of our ‘honourable members’?

        Personally I think the Criminal Justice system is in dire need of a substantial overhaul.


        • 29
          Casual Observer says:

          There have been a couple of arrests so far.

          Exaro news covers this along with some blogs. Exaro has one of the better investigative journalists from the Grauniad on team, who left that rag some time back, is worth following.

          Fatson likely knew what he was talking about, but not the scope. He had the connection p3d0 + Tory, and maybe the link to R!chmond council, but maybe did not realize the full picture which is now emerging.

          He unwittingly has exposed some serious and fishy document destruction in social services, raised questions about 6 year and 10 year rules on police records and liability limitations so is kind of an own goal in a way.

          It is telling that his boss, Harman, did directly ask him to tone it down as she knew most of the original evidence was destroyed and didn’t really want that coming out.


        • 39
          Chris [protected species] says:

          Justice in the UK isn’t for little people any more, you know.


    • 21
      PC Plod says:

      Since Labour brought in targets for detection rates, we go for the low hanging fruit.

      There couldn’t possibly be any negative impact of these wonderful targets, as I’m sure the family and friends of the 1200 who died at Stafford Hospital will confirm.


      • 22
        Tooth fairy says:

        That’s the point I am making in //20 above. Overhaul the CJ system and make people make judgements for themselves as to whether they want to fight the system or not.

        Most people know they are guilty. Make them confront their guilt at an early stage and if they don’t make them ‘felons’ whose guilt, if proved, would mean an automatic prison sentence minimum 5 years.


        • 43
          Casual Observer says:

          Overhaul is missing the point and distracting from fact that the justice system is just fine except that it has been ‘switched off’ in some ways. This is a human failure, not system failure.

          There are parallels with the financial services authority (soon to become financial conduct authority) and food standards agency.

          They are perfectly fine, have all the printed rules and regulations you could hope for. What is missing: They are simply not doing their job and enforcing the rules and regulations or performing core duties.

          Overhaul is a trick to kick the real issue into the long grass (as renaming the FSA has become). What is required is for these entities which we are paying for to start doing their job properly.

          In the case of NHS deaths:


          That was published last November.

          If killing babies by withdrawing water and watching them shrivel and die over a period of 10 days is not enough to stir up public opinion or get prosecutors more animated then overhaul is not required.

          This is now either socially acceptable, in which case emigration is required, or a more direct pressure needs to be applied in the form of corrective insurrection to government.

          Many in the UK have forgotten that moral responsibility lays with the individual not the group, and that inaction usually leads to consequences worst than malicious actions. Because there has been a drought of punishment over the past 20 years this has become accepted as the norm.

          Correcting this is in the interest of all, holding those responsible for allowing this situation to develop is imperative.


  4. 4
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    How is the NHS report into Savile coming along? Oh…….


  5. 5
    Popeye says:

    Exactly how many MP’s have been arrested and charged with fraud over their expenses?


  6. 6
    Nothing better to do says:

    Good to know the cops are using their resources on the real bad criminals. Much more important to nick some dodgy journalist exposing the elites dirty secrets than to arrest a war criminal named Tony or some bankers than have fraudulently obtained billions in bonuses whilst sticking us with the bill.


  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    “Weeting, Elveden and Tuleta have now arrested a total of 106 people”

    Send them all to the chair.

    They all work in the intersts of the rich, often foreigners, against the interests of the English. Fuck the lot of them.


  8. 8
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Another fuck up by Labour’s regulators.


  9. 10
    Pierced Organ says:

    FML !!


  10. 13
    Labourunionsbbc we are one under the EU says:

    Bbbc airbrush out harry wilson’s pipe, and the labour government from 1997 – 2010


  11. 14
    Nothing to show but receipts for dinner! says:

    Jebus the cops really are playing this fishing trip on expenses !


  12. 15
    Brian Leveson says:

    These arrests demonstrate that my outrageously expensive report was wholly redundant. Sorry and all that but a chap’s got to make a living, hasn’t he?


  13. 17
    The Libor party says:

    No, no. Don’t film that….


  14. 19
    John Wilkes MP says:

    This couldn’t have happened in my day.


  15. 24
    dishonour says:

    It turns my stomach to see that c++t Laws sitting on the front bench.
    When is he being arrested?


  16. 26
  17. 27
    Owin Jones says:

    Yet another reason why David Cameron’s Conservatives won’t win the Eastleigh by election or the 2015 General Election.

    Squeezed Middle will be squeezed for another decade
    “Ten million people on low-to-middle incomes will have to wait another 10 years before their living standards return to their pre-recession level in 2008, according to a study published today. The Resolution Foundation, an independent think-tank, said that many of Britain’s “squeezed middle” faced a “permanent hit” because it would be hard for them to fully recover the ground they have lost in recent years as earnings have risen by less than inflation.” – Independent


    • 52
      Catty Comment (Ms) says:

      Oops! You missed out one small but important adjective there, so try again: Resolution Foundation, a[n] left-wing independent think-tank.

      There, that’s better.


  18. 28
    genghiz the kahn says:

    At least some fun can be found with a Guardian Comment Is Free word generator.



    • 42
      Excellent ! says:

      We were chatting over a coffee, simple filter, not Nescafe (baby-killers) and started to think out loud. Osborne’s savage attack on differently-abled people is an outright abuse of the British commitment to decency and tolerance. Why can’t we all just get along?


  19. 31
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    The more people you arrest and release on bail without charge pending further investigations the more ” complicated” and “difficult” everything becomes .

    Delays creep in . Nothing is resolved and surprise of all surprises Justice Leveson cannot start Part Two of his Inquiry .

    As they say in Scarborough the oldest tricks are the best .


  20. 34
    The Talentless Tosser in No 10 – La-di-dah, Treacherous, Thick as a Plank says:

    I say you jolly chaps!!!! Away from all this simply orrful news thingys – any of you super fellows able to see your way to lending me a few pounds – well a billion or two actually!??? One’s in a bit of bother at this Club I go to called the EasyOver with a gal called Angela who demands I pay her for ‘services rendered’ – though dashed if I know what she means! Anyway she’s got some rather nasty looking gents who keep casting glances at me – what? Wattage?


  21. 45
    Equal opportunities for arrest says:

    Genuine question, is it only NI staff that have been guilty of this practice, or have plod not got round to staff from Mirror Group?


  22. 46
    MacFilth says:

    Was pretty disappointed with the final issue of News of the Screws. Was expecting sleaze, filth and smut. Instead got nothing but sentimental drivel.


  23. 47
    Anonymous says:

    Doesn’t this make it self-evident that we don’t need the press to be gagged by the government, and that we can just use existing law instead when the press (or the police for that matter) do things outside the public interest that are illegal?

    ie people are actively being charged/arrested and taken to court for the very things that the leveson legislation would be designed to stop? ie it’s already happening under existing laws.

    they’ve kind of proved the point that the leveson stuff is a complete waste of time and that all we need to do is simply use existing law to prosecute people who break those existing laws.

    How can anyone justify, in a legal sense, trying to pass new laws that allow the government to muzzle the press when existing laws are already stopping/punishing the very things that those new laws are intended to stop?


    • 49
      Anonymous says:

      I think it proves not only that the leveson suggestions are not needed, but it also proves that the reasons behind celebs and labour etc enacting new laws are NOT what they make them out to be.

      Their bogus reasons behind the potential new laws are now proven as complete shite.

      Their real reasons are now self-evident (ie their sole intention is to enact new laws that will cover-up their own past/present/future fuckups via Orwellian-style threats).


  24. 48
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    This is all very well but when will they go for the Mirror hacks?


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