March 14th, 2013

Tina Weaver Arrested
Four Mirror Journalists Nicked

Guido understands former Sunday Mirror editor and former PCC ethics adviser Tina Weaver is among the four Mirror journalists that have been arrested this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept voicemails. Guido has been reporting on the allegations surrounding Weaver for years, including how she had knowledge of phone hacking, and how she asked staff to “spin” telephone numbers. This meant hacking voicemails, doing a reverse look up for billing addresses, and checking friends and family lists for numbers. Developing…

UPDATE: Guido understands the four arrested are Weaver, her news lieutenant Nick Buckley, James Scott and Mark Thomas.

Here is a list of some of Guido’s stories about the Mirror and hacking allegations:

UPDATE: This post-Leveson report is a good summary of some of the allegations:


125 Comments

  1. 1
    Peter Grimes says:

    Gotcha, Piers!

    • 5
      V1le, vicious Labour ruined my Country says:

      It was only a matter of time until Twatsons lot were nicked. Won’t see much reported on the BBC though.

    • 15
      Hugh Janus says:

      Yes, PLEASE let it be Moron!

      My only regret is that all of the vast police time and effort expended on some hacked phone calls would be better spent rounding up the suspects in the Mid Staffs scandal. Let’s hope they are next on the ‘to do’ list….

      • 36
        rocknrolla says:

        No, the NHS is our new religion – didn’t you see the North Korea style “spontaneous” celebration of it before the Olympics? – and nobody can criticise it. So 1200 people die, some starving to death, in just one hospital… to the NHS fanatics that’s just a statistic, those people are just collateral in the war to make us all equal.

        • 41
          Rip van Wrinkle says:

          What….equally dead?

        • 47
          David Cameron says:

          Nicholson is my mate, leave him alone. It’s not as if anyone important died, certainly not anyone in my circle.

        • 48
          Labourunionsbbc are one under the EU says:

          Old A dolf, that vile socialist, used the slogan “equality of rights” during the mid 1930s up untill the w ar.

          It was as meaningless then as such slogans are now.

          • Handycock (Teen Fondler) from his sickbed in St Petersburg says:

            http://www.mikehancock.co.uk/news/822/24/Mike-Hancock-Responds-to-Resignation-Rumours/

            I would further like to add that I am not resigning my seat, otherwise how would I be able to go shagging in eastern Europe at taxpayer’s expense? Furthermore I am not being kicked out of the Party either, as my boys in Portsmouth are amongst it’s biggest political donors, albeit anonymously for obvious reasons. Finally, I have the Grand Master’s full protection. So whomsoever is spreading these false rumours will be dealt with by my boys. Boaz.

          • Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Great Queen Street says:

            Jahbulon Handy.

        • 76
          The BBC, The NHS, Andy Burnham, etc. says:

          You really need to put those 12,000 deaths into perspective, given the trillions of people who don’t die in Stafford every month and the years of under-investment Labour inherited from the Tories 10 years earlier.

          I’m sure the families and friends of the 12,000 understand this.

    • 103
      R Swiper says:

      I bet Toilets is in the toilet right now.

  2. 2
  3. 4
    Mike Hunt says:

    But only Murdoch does that surely?

  4. 6
    Francis the talking mule says:

    Gotcha

  5. 7
    Red nose bloke ( booze !) says:

    O/T But it’s about time Tory MPs and spokespersons refused to appear on BBC.

    6 months should do the trick.

    • 13
      Ah! Monika says:

      Are you suggesting they turn the tables and ‘empty seat’ them?

      • 27
        V1le, vicious Labour ruined my Country says:

        Simple solution is to privatise the BBC. Give shares to the public then see how this biased organisation changes.

    • 25
      Officer Dibble says:

      You also start to notice which factions in the audience shout and howl down anything they don’t want to hear.

      So much for free speech from our socialist bretheren.

    • 116
      BBC - Bring Back Communism. says:

      We constantly use the terms, “we tried to contact ???? but they were not available” and “they provided a statement” for people we do not want on the programme, or we do want but they avoid our constant Gestapo / Soviet / Stasi intorrogation methods.
      Have you noticed our new policy change in that our current (not for long if we get our way) opposition Labour Party get to reply to Government spokespersons?
      During our comrades Labour period in power they always had the right to reply.
      Sneaky hey? We learnt a lot from our mentors Lenin and Stalin, and now Putin.

  6. 9
    the papers says:

    it was the creative section of the journos’ adult literacy course

    a lad has to have a start in life

  7. 10
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Crosshairs for Piers please.

  8. 12
    D Dimbleby says:

    It is pure coincidence that out of the audience I picked then listened patiently to an unhinged attack from and further encouraged for another go a known Labour activist who had been meeting with a Labour MP posting online all day about how she would use Question Time to attack UKIP. The audience is a truly random sampling of Guardian readers, diversity co-ordinators, environmental campaigners, labour party activists and those who enrich us.

    • 17
      Owen Jones says:

      I love you David

      • 22
        Owen Jones's Mum says:

        Will you be home for tea tonight bunnykins, it’s your favourite – fish fingers and spaghetti hoops.

    • 18
      Ah! Monika says:

      Like red nose ( above suggests ) a couple of empty seats on QT would sort them out.
      Agree to go on and then back out with minutes to spare.

      • 29
        anon says:

        Unfortunately the Mail article reveals the programme is recorded may hours before being sent out, [Thought it was minutes to edit possible expletives], giving the beeb time to select another willing stooge at hand.

    • 118
      Pundit too too says:

      You forgot the relatives and friends of Labour panelists.

  9. 14
    rocknrolla says:

    Has anyone watched Piers Morgan on his US tv show? Since that shooting he has gone mental, regardless of the merits he simply shouts at his guests who disagree with him then their microphones are cut off. He’s such a twat the Yanks will be glad to see the back of him. He really should be in jail. I doubt it would prick his pomposity though.

    • 21
      Less ratings than polly's hard talk. says:

      “Has anyone watched Piers Morgan on his US tv show?”

      His Bosses are asking that very same question.

      • 56
        Mary Whitehouse says:

        Who is Mr Morgan ? Is his show on the “Light Programme” ??

        • 114
          CantWait says:

          Friday ITV 1 at 9pm.
          Bruno Tonioli will be teaching Piers how to dance.
          Worth keeping an eye on, Mary.

    • 110
      TV Ratings US says:

      Not enough to justify his current time slot. In short: No.

  10. 16
    Guido's Pope Hates the British says:

    Pope Francis I today faced his first controversy as leader of the Roman Catholic Church after it emerged he described Britain as ‘usurpers’ for ruling the Falkland Islands.

    Buenos Aires-born Jorge Mario Bergoglio has previously urged the Argentinian people ‘not to forget those who had fallen during the war’ as they had ‘shed their blood on Argentine soil’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2293118/Day-One-new-Pope-faces-controversy-Argentinian-pontiff-Francis-I-labelled-British-usurpers-Falklands-year-ago.html

    • 25
      New Pope, New Peedo says:

      Man who believes in an immortal magic pixie that looks down on us from the sky, turns out to be a bit of a mong.

      Well, I never.

      • 34
        Ah! Monika says:

        He’s seventy-six, you don’t believe he still really believes all that do you?

        • 42
          New Pope, New Peedo says:

          It’s in the job spec.

          Essential
          1. Fluent Latin.
          2. Unshakeable belief in immortal magic sky pixie.

          Desirable
          1. Fondness for young boys
          2. Previous sycophantic relationship with evil dictator (Hitler, Mussolini, Galtieri, etc.)

          • Dicky Dawkins Does Dallas says:

            +1! (Not forgetting the “new born” relocation program operated in Spain under Franco et al, in collusion with the penguins and pederasts

          • Pope St Francis of What? says:

            I did apologise for the church doing so little for the people of Argentina during the time of the military junta.
            Of course this did not include me – especially as I am now inviolate as well as infallible.

    • 32
      Ah! Monika says:

      New Hand of God.

      Left footer, right handed.

    • 33
      Got a new Crayon says:

      New vicar of Rome, pfft!

    • 92
      MB. says:

      He does not seem quite the saint that was initially claimed with his support for the illegal invasion of the Falklands, support for the military Junta and I do wonder about him speaking German (not English) in a country with so many Nazis who escaped justice in Europe after WWII.

    • 112
      The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

      Our Father who paints the sky,
      Extremely holy and sacred be his name;
      Her kingdom come
      His will be done
      On soil as it is in the sky.
      Give everyone today a daily roll;
      And forgive us our wanderings off message
      As we forgive those who wander against us;
      And walk us not into temptation,
      But post us from badness.

  11. 20
    kevin maguire says:

    nowt in in, rozzas are wankas

    • 68
      BBC PR Dept says:

      Oohooo, Kevin, can you pop-in and help with our whitewashing of this terrible miscarriage of justice, you’re sooo good with facts.

      thnx squiggle

  12. 30

    Funny how these two were axed last summer

    http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/node/49421

    Are they the ones a r r e s t e d ?

  13. 35
    Polly's Love Child says:

    I’m waiting with baited breath for the Sunday Mirror to shut down!

  14. 37
    hold them to ac says:

    Finding journalists responsible for phone hacking is a little like trying to find out what accounts for 96% of the universe at CERN, a difficult and elusive study.

    • 95
      Village Idiot says:

      The cerne scientists can tell us anything,safe in the knowledge we cant prove or disprove what they tell us.!!!!.Touting for funds i spec….

  15. 38
    POLLPOTHOLE says:

    Press reform talks broken down Camoron states differences between parties to great
    Dave’s puppet master Rupert will soon be switching to UKIP anyway

    • 93
      Peter Grimes says:

      ‘Too great’, idiot. Are you an ignorant churnalist or just an ignorant ZaNuLieBor fuckwit?

      Now please do fuck off, no money back!

    • 120
      Joe Public says:

      Please go back to being a tunnel rat.

  16. 43

    Tina Ducker and Weaver is one of them!

    When do Sly Bailey and Piers Chesty Morgan get their collars felt?

  17. 44
    Biased BBC caught out again says:

    http://tinyurl.com/d7sdvnk

  18. 45
    The BBC....we NEVER let the facts get in the way of our politics says:

    Nothing to see here..move along……..Meanwhile the nasty Tory Party continues to throw disabled,single mothers and the poor out of their houses on to the street with their “Bedroom Tax” whilst giving tax breaks to “Millionaires”

    • 55
      The BBC: pure, utter, filth. says:

      Last night they showed a jobless family at a drop-in centre/soup kitchen, the father distraught, “I can’t find work! I’ve applied for perhaps as many as two jobs! Oh, woe!”, the mother breaking down in tears, her son rushing to comfort her (“she’s very upset!”)

      Yeah, upset because their bennies are about to be ‘slashed’ to ‘only’ £26K p/a and their decades-long free ride at the taxpayers’ expense is about to be somewhat curtailed.

      The Beeb didn’t mention the last bit.

      • 69
        rocknrolla says:

        Notice the BBC will never question whether it was a good idea to import 4 million low and unskilled workers in the last decade alone, another 500,000 foreigners coming every year when we see indigenous Brits unable to find work.

        • 82
          Will says:

          you can bet if bbc journalists were being undercut by eastern europeans then thye would soon change their tune on this matter,

          • Curly says:

            Good idea! Let’s all go out and learn Serbo-Croat tomorrow!

          • BBC Top Management - Incompetence Personified says:

            We employ more immigrants than any other public service, and far more than in large private sector companies (unless they are owned by immigrants), and we always keep it secret.
            Hear to the names of our presenters and editors on radio programmes and you get an idea of our employment of immigrants at lower wages. We promise them new bbc media skills, and can go home (wherever that is) with these superior skills and spread socialist dogma worldwide.

  19. 52
    Anonymous says:

    Any more extensive pictures of this bird?

  20. 54
    Red Egg Millitit... Social Naturist or National Socialist says:

    Please please please….let K. Maguire be on the list :)

  21. 57

    Pope to meet Pope Emeritus. It’s like the 14th cy in Avignon again. This one will retire soon too and then there will be three.

    • 63
      T.Blair says:

      Don’t forget me, sorry, ME

      • 65

        You must be well gutted, Me Me Me Me Me!

        • 71
          T.Blair says:

          Yes it was an outrage, I, champion of World Peace and the faith, overlooked because of some trivial reason they could have easily overcome.

          Cherie is fuming.

          • Thought you were a shoo-in. Mind you, could not have done it alongside the Euro Presidency, I suppose…

          • T.Blair says:

            Oh I could have done both, like, you know…a modern day Holy Roman Emperor, finally re-uniting Church and State.
            I would of course have to begin an endless cycle of high level meetings with the nearly-as-rich-and-powerful-as-me in places such as Monaco, Mustique etc…whilst showing myself to my faithful worshippers in Buenos Aires and Lewisham.

            I mean it would be hard work, but the rewards.

          • Are Pontiffs supposed to be gun-runners, or am I getting mixed up rather here?

          • Dicky Dawkins Does Dallas says:

            A little – they tend to specialise in gold hiding, child stealing, pederasty and making deals with Fascists.

            And that’s just their good points.

  22. 60
    Truth says:

    The Daily Mirroe !! I don’t believe it !

    • 123
      Big Momma says:

      A long long long time a coming.
      The plod only did it due to a whistleblower, which only shows that some loony lefty puppet masters and placement have been pulling their strings up to now.

  23. 73

    Wearyingly predictable: Protesting teachers call for Gove’s head

    http://bit.ly/10KktYL

    Would you want your child to be taught by one of these?

    • 83
      Will says:

      youi can tell gove is right when the usuals subjects and the teaching profession are against him.

      Teachers these days cannot protest about low wages or short holidays because under labour they gor above average pay rises and benefits. The average teacher outside london does very well indeed.

      This bunch of loonies really have done more than anyone to put off entrants to the professions, so come easter and the NUT meetings it will again do more harm to putting off new recruits to the profession.

      • 89
        Curly says:

        Taking education back to Victorian times would be of immense benefit to today’s schoolchildren. At least they will learn to speak English properly, to write coherently (and neatly!) and be able to do simple and not so simple arithmetic.

        What’s not to like? However, I suspect that half the problem is that these idiot teachers are completely unable to teach these subjects!

    • 84
      B Boyd says:

      Can’t have kids being taught anything useful that would help them to duck out of the glorious benefits culture created by saviour of the world, Gordon McMental, can we ?

    • 98
      Larry Livingstone says:

      I am very sorry to have to say this . I did not vote for Mr Gove but now he is in charge of our children I hope he does a good job for us all .

      As far as these teachers are concerned they are unelected employees . They are there to do as Mr Gove tells them to . If they do not like it they can get out .

      If I dont like what Mr Gove does I will vote against him .

    • 124
      Big Momma says:

      The comments section were the best part of this “jurnalism”
      One asked for their faces to be revealed and their names given so that he could withdraw his children from the school if they were part of this childish stunt.

  24. 97
    Lost in Clacton says:

    She looks a bad one to me ?

    Has she been charged yet ?

    I had an auntie who looked like that .

    She married an Argie and came to a sad end .

  25. 102
    tina weaver says:

    i plead my belly m,lud

    • 125
      Pundit too too says:

      She should plead the same way as our Greek Vicki – it was the Mirror Group that coerced me and made me do it, M’lud.

  26. 105
    He who laughs last laughs longest says:

    LLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLL!!!!

    • 111
      Loves Labours misplaced says:

      No – he usually didn’t understand the joke until it was explained. And laughing longest at THAT point just make him look even more of a mong.


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“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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