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Six people have been arrested by detectives investigating phone-hacking allegations against journalists, Scotland Yard has said.
The arrests took place at addresses in London, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Hertfordshire.
Police said one woman and five men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie are reportedly among six people arrested this morning in dawn raids by detectives investigating allegations of phone hacking.
'The coordinated arrests were made between approximately 5am and 7am by officers from Operation Weeting, the MPS inquiry into the phone hacking of voicemail boxes,' a statement from Scotland Yard, which said the arrests followed consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, explained.
The pair, who were introduced by Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson at a party, are at the centre of the Chipping Norton set – a group of high-powered figures in the media, politics and entertainment.
It was a clique that came under the spotlight when it emerged that Mrs Brooks had been lent a former Metropolitan Police horse, which the Prime Minister, David Cameron, had ridden.
The revelations became known as "horsegate" among political journalists, who saw the episode as exposing the close relationship between some of the most influential people in the UK.
Included in the set and among Mr and Mrs Brooks's neighbours are Mr Clarkson, Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth and her husband PR boss Matthew Freud, Carphone Warehouse founder Charles Dunstone, Blur bassist Alex James and the Camerons, by virtue of the Prime Minister's nearby constituency in Witney, Oxfordshire and home in Dean.