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The former official spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron – and the former editor of the the News of the World – has been arrested. However, Andy Coulson has not been named by the Metropolitan Police statement, which refers to a "43-year-old man arrested on charges of suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications …


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  1. Lockwood

    Do you have an appointment?

    I always find it funny when you have the news stories about people having an appointment at the Police station, whereupon they get arrested.

    Whilst it is nothing like as dramatic as "Metropolitan Police storm Coulson's house, Coulson arrested after Taser discharge", it certainly feels a lot more British!

    The only thing missing to make it the ultimate British experience is if it were a mass arrest, and you had five suspects all in the waiting room in an orderly queue waiting for their turn to be arrested.

  2. Mark 65 Silver badge


    "The only thing missing to make it the ultimate British experience is if it were a mass arrest, and you had five suspects all in the waiting room in an orderly queue waiting for their turn to be arrested."

    All drinking tea, very civilised.

  3. BenR


    Reminds me of the Simpsons episode where they get Homer to pay for all his parking fines by convincing him he's won a boat in the police raffle...

  4. Mike Richards Silver badge


    'The only thing missing to make it the ultimate British experience is if it were a mass arrest, and you had five suspects all in the waiting room in an orderly queue waiting for their turn to be arrested.'

    Alternatively the suspect tragically stumbles on to a policeman's boots and is then shot trying to escape down a long flight of stairs.

  5. Anonymous Coward

    Are you sure?

    "All drinking tea, very civilised."

    This would involve much kettling & teabagging.

  6. L.B

    And the Simpsons was bassed on fact.

    In the states a few years back they ran a few fake prize events. All the "winners" were bail jumpers and other wanted crooks, the letters all sent to the last known addresses just stated they had to be at a certain place at a specified date/time and had to bring proof of identity to collect thier new TV, VCR, Cash...

    Hundreds dutifully turned up to claim prizes and were arrested.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Yeah but

    Simpsons aint real.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Money talks.

    The rest of us still get the police knocking on the door. You only get arrested by appointment if you're mates with the PM.

  9. spodula


    and the only reason he's being arrested at all is because of the huge public outcry, Camaron needs to drop him like a burning turd.

    I suspect if his name wasnt so public, the whole thing would have been quietly dropped, like whoever was responsible for the entire the entire Phorm thing.

  10. JamesC
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    not true :) each and every time i've been arrested it has been by appointment. i'm not a friend of anybody!

  11. Anonymous Coward

    Oh no, officer... I'm busy that day

    "Sorry, absolutely chocca that day old man.

    Can I get back to you with another date?

    Bye for now."

    Quick, grab the turbo shredder, the cops are on to us....!

  12. Anonymous Coward

    Waiting for the #iantisec outrage

    After all, isn't this just another case of hacking and then releasing the information ?

  13. Paul Johnston
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    And next?

    A 43 year old woman is also arrested?

  14. Mike Richards Silver badge

    But what we're really waiting for

    is 'thousand year old desiccated newspaper magnate exorcised.'

  15. Anonymous Coward

    May I suggest a new hobby for them..

    ...may I suggest yatching with heavy drinking far out at sea. That's how the other bastard of fleet street disappeared.

    Maybe some friendly pirates could give them a hand on the plank.

  16. Seventh of 7th

    Prime number.

    What makes you think she doesn't lie about her age as well?

  17. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    @Mike Richards

    Silence dog.

    He is a cyber warrior god. A maker of earthquakes and an eater of souls.

    (Well how would you explain his cockroach like powers of survival?)

  18. LawLessLessLaw


    Be on the Lulzboat, 6am, knock & raid.

    Bribe police officers, interfere with murder enquiries and terrorist investigations, turn up at the station at your leisure.

  19. MarkieMark1

    Be Fair

    Andy Coulson - Age 43, wife, 2 children, lives in South London, Tottenham Hotspur supporter, has his own wikipedia page :-)

    Ryan Cleary - Age 19, background of mental instability, no wikipedia page of his own :-D

  20. Bumpy Cat

    Still to be arrested:

    Rebecca Wade

    Sir Paul Stephenson

    Dick Frederico

    I wonder if I could try a citizen's arrest ...

  21. Naughtyhorse

    you missed one

    mini murdock

    now that would be a story i'd pay to read

  22. Anonymous Coward

    Pedantic grammar nazi alert

    I expect Rebekah Wade is relieved.

    Pity poor old Rebecca Wade though.

  23. Bumpy Cat
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    I thought I got it wrong ...

    But then I thought "Rebekah is a pretty stupid way of spelling it, it must be Rebecca!".

  24. ColonelClaw

    In an ideal world

    Here's hoping he ends up as some 20 stone thug's prison bitch

  25. Helena Handcart

    Prison bitch

    "Here's hoping he ends up as some 20 stone thug's prison bitch..."

    ...who secretly records every prolapse-induced scream and sells it to the Sun.

  26. Anonymous Coward

    Innocent until proven guilty

    Just like other hackers.

  27. Jemma Silver badge
    Trollface a whole new meaning to...

    ...Gorillas in the Mist....

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    @Helena Handcart


    Please try to grow up a bit.

  29. mr-tom

    Thug's bitch

    New keyboard, please.

  30. The BigYin

    He'll get a few years...

    ...and released early. Then probably re-appear in a new role after a short time.

    Assuming a case can even be built (I don't mean legally, I mean politically). We have a very poor record of pursuing the well-connected.

  31. Anonymous Coward

    Ourt only hope.

    Is that this time lots of MP's who are still waiting to see if they go to jail over expences thefts, all brought to light by news papers are happy to see this lot do time first.

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Let the punishment fit the crime

    Post all of Brooks' and Coulson's private communication via any medium, to anyone,

    and see how they like it...

    Where are.. Anonymous, Wikileaks and Lulzsec when you need them?

  33. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Radio 4 reported that the police are investigating the possible deletion of millions of News International emails so I wont hold my breath.

  34. Anonymous Coward

    It was us wot won^Wdid it

    What, you mean like some anonymous person might have compromised the log in account of a certain James or a certain Rupert then used said account to delete a few emails over in India?

    Hopefully, they took copies before deleting them, just in case.

  35. JP19

    I'd be a lot more excited about this story if...

    the government didn't all ready want to keep records of all my communications and couldn't already 'hack' them on a whim.

    If you had to choose would you rather have NotW rummaging in your inbox or the government?

  36. Anonymous Coward
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    Thanks for clearing that up

    Silly me, I didn't realise this was an either/or situation between the press and the government, that we only get to chose _one_ entity that doesn't hack into private accounts.

    Fuck wit.

  37. Rentaguru

    and a weekend in the cells

    unless he's charged today since at present old bill only has 96 hours to charge or release

  38. Anonymous Coward
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    Well call me Susan and butter me three ways till Sunday!

  39. Anonymous Coward
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    Sun on Sunday

    I can think of worse ways to get on page 3, just not many.

  40. Jacqui

    Odd how certain journo's

    knew an arrest was planned yesterday from "sources" in the met.

    First how much did these sources cost - and secondly why are the journo's and sources not being chased as publishing notice of an arrest before the event should be illegal.

    The Met really has a reputation problem - killing random people, arresting people for being too tall, cooking dogs and now being caught taking massive wads of wonga for feeding info to the press.

  41. Anonymous Coward

    Some of that is important

    By Cooking dogs it helps them integrate with the Korean community in London.

  42. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re:Odd how certain journo's

    Well obviously the journo's had found out by tapping his phone......

    you don't think NOTW were the only one's doing it, do you?

  43. Bumpy Cat

    바보 외국인!

    It's really only the Korean equivalent of countryside hicks who still eat dog ... (and North Koreans, but they also eat grass, to avoid starving).

    (Not Korean, but married to one)

  44. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Redshirts too

    Popular amongst the Thai "Redshirts" as well. Hillbillys at best.

  45. Version 1.0 Silver badge
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    Newspapers vs Bankers

    Of course, if the NotW were a Bank the police would still be "investigating" and the Government would be offering to lend them money while they weather "temporary difficulties"

  46. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Blame the networks

    Blame the networks for having a default PIN number on the mailbox and not suggesting people change it? I'm assuming this "hack" is to ring the Voice Mail number (ie 07973100123 on Orange), key in a mobile number and key in the default PIN and then you have access? Weren't some MP's greeting messages defaced using this years ago?

  47. 21st Century Peon

    I think they spoofed the phone number that the voicemail system thought it was the victim's own phone calling.

  48. Richard Taylor 2 Silver badge

    Not quite as simple

    Up to (to least last week) caller id spoofing would get you into at least one mobile providers vmail. You just need to know the number you wish to listen to and the carrier. I assume that if you are careful and do not listen to the whole message then it will not be recorded as 'old'

  49. Ants Mc

    Perjury too?

    Since if he is found guilty of this, it means he lied under oath at the Sheridan trial.

  50. pootle

    Ms Wade's address....

    Friends, colleagues and canon fodder.

    Well that's the first (and only important) line


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