Three men, including a journalist from a leading British newspaper, have been arrested over claims they are involved in a phone hacking scandal at Prince Charles' London residence Clarence House.
The trio, including News of the World's royal editor CLIVE GOODMAN, were arrested yesterday morning (08AUG06) at locations in Putney, south west London and Sutton, Surrey.
London police headquarters Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist branch launched an enquiry after complaints by three members of the Prince's staff. The men are currently being held in police custody under Section 1 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
A police statement says, "Police launched an investigation after concerns were reported to the Met's Royalty Protection Department by members of the Royal Household at Clarence House.
"It is focused on alleged repeated security breaches within telephone networks over a significant period of time and the potential impact this may have on protective security around a number of individuals.
"Police continue to work with the telephone companies concerned and continue to have their full support in attempting to identify any other person whose telephone may have been intercepted."
Prince Charles, his wife CAMILLA, DUCHESS OF CORNWALL and his late wife DIANA, Princess Of Wales and her then-lover JAMES GILBEY were the victims of previous phone-tapping scandals in the 1990s, dubbed 'Camillagate' and 'Squidgygate' by the British tabloids respectively.