Police have made a third arrest in connection with the News of the World hacking scandal. James Weatherup, a senior reporter at the paper, was taken into custody in London on Thursday.
Weatherup had previously been a senior editor at the tabloid for about 18 months, beginning in 2004. The Guardian says that he was one of the “inner circle” of executives under then-editor Andy Coulson, which was made up of a “handful of senior employees who would take part in private discussions of major news stories with other senior members of the paper.” Coulson was later named Prime Minister David Cameron’s director of communications, but stepped down this past January due to his connection with the hacking investigation.
Weatherup was also a close colleague of Ian Edmonson and Neville Thurlbeck, the two men recently arrested for their own involvement in the scandal (they were later released on bail).
The Guardian reports that additional searches of the newspaper’s headquarters in are expected, and that it's “thought that police felt the paper had failed to be fully co-operative during searches last week and officers are now determined to be more robust.”