The Prime Minister’s former spin doctor and former News of the World editor, Andy Coulson, was arrested at a South London police station this morning but was subsequently released and later in the day police raided his home, removing boxes of evidence.
In a day of dramatic developments – and all less than 24 hours since the closure of the News of the World was announced – David Cameron launched a brace of inquiries into both the News of the World phone hacking scandal and into the ethics of the press.
At News International’s headquarters in Wapping, initial shock over the closure of the News of the World has turned to fury; while company chief executive Rebekah Brooks apologised to staff at a specially convened meeting, a few dozen protestors outside called for her to resign.
Reports from inside the Wapping complex said that many News of the World staff have downed tools because they said that when they went into the office they were made to feel like criminals.
A security guard was stationed at the door to stop them stealing things; their passes barred them from the top floors so they couldn’t vent their anger on the executives. And access to Twitter and Facebook was blocked so they couldn’t spread gossip.