Sky News and the Press Association have named the arrested woman as ex-News of the World editor Rebekah BrooksCredit: Lewis Whyld/PA
Police have arrested six people as part of Operation Weeting, the investigation into alleged interception of voicemail messages, including former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband, Charlie.
All six were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977, the Metropolitan police said in a statement issued this morning.
The five men and a woman, all aged between 38 and 49, were arrested at addresses in London, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire today between 5am and 7am.
Sky News and the Press Association have named the arrested woman as ex-News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks.Her husband, Charlie Brooks, has also been arrested, it has been reported.
Brooks was first arrested and questioned last July, days after resigning as chief executive of News International, and has been on police bail since.
The other five arrests are understood to be people who have not already been arrested under Operation Weeting.
The Metropolitan police said a number of addresses connected to the arrests were being searched.
Operation Weeting was set up to investigate claims of illegal phone hacking at the News of the World.
It is one of three Metropolitan police operations connected to the phone hacking scandal, with Operations Elveden and Tuleta investigating corrupt police payments and computer hacking respectively.