Rebekah Brooks and Charlie Brooks arrested: the dumped bag mystery
REBEKAH Brooks has been arrested in den of knobs Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, reports Sky News. Also arrested is her husband Charlie Brooks, David Cameron’s pal.
David Cameron is out of the country at the moment. Which is convenient.
In all six people have been arrested this morning by officers from Operation Weeting. They are suspected of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Of course, Rebekah Brooks has already been arrested, In July 2011, Brooks was arrested in July on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption. Back then her lawyer told media:
Her lawyer Stephen Parkinson said: ‘Despite interviewing her for nine hours, the police put no allegations to her. They will in due course have to give an account of their actions.’
You may recall this in the Guardian from July 2011, after Rebekah had been pinched:
Detectives are examining a computer, paperwork and a phone found in a bin near the riverside London home of Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International…It is understood the bag was handed in to security at around 3pm, and that shortly afterwards Brooks’s husband, Charlie, arrived and tried to reclaim it. He was unable to prove the bag was his and the security guard refused to release it.
Two executives from Bell Pottinger, the PR company that represents the pair, said they could make no comment as the equipment is part of “ongoing” police enquiries. A spokesman for the firm said in July that the laptop was accidentally left in the car park by a friend who had been returning it.
The Guardian continues:
Instead, it is understood that the security guard called the police… Police are now examining CCTV footage taken in the car park to uncover who dropped the bag. Initial suspicions that there had been a break-in at the Brooks’s flat have been dismissed.
David Wilson, Charlie Brooks’s official spokesman, told the Guardian that Charlie Brooks denies that the bag belonged to his wife. “Charlie has a bag which contains a laptop and papers which were private to him,” said Wilson. “They were nothing to do with Rebekah or the [phone-hacking] case.”
Wilson said Charlie Brooks had left the bag with a friend who was returning it, but dropped it in the wrong part of the garage. When asked how the bag ended up in a bin he replied: “The suggestion is that a cleaner thought it was rubbish and put it in the bin.” Wilson added: “Charlie was looking for it together with a couple of the building staff. Charlie was told it had gone to security, by which stage they [security] had already called the police to say they had found something. The police took it away. Charlie’s lawyers got in touch with the police to say they could take a look at the computer but they’d see there was nothing relevant to them on it. He’s expecting the stuff back forthwith.”
Meanwhile, Sharon Shoesmith might be laughing...