Wasps owner arrested over computer hacking

Aviva Premiership Rugby club London Wasps’ owner Steve Hayes was arrested in February and remains a suspect in a Police Operation investigating hacking.

The Police arrested Hayes as part of Operation Tuleta which is part of London police’s investigation into illegal information-gathering through computers.

“We can confirm that he was arrested on suspicion of computer hacking and that he is now on bail,” said a Wasps spokeswoman.

The spokesperson has declined to comment further because of the continuing police investigation.

Hayes wwas arrested in a dawn raid at his farm north of London in Hertfordshire and another man in Surrey was also held in connection with the case.

“On 24 February 2012, officers from Operation Tuleta arrested a man at his home in Hertfordshire, and a man at an address in Surrey, on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000.” said a Scotland Yard statement.

“These arrests are not directly linked to any news organisation or the activities of journalists.

“They were taken to London police stations and later bailed to return in June and July 2012 pending further enquiries.”

Hayes has owned London Wasps since 2008 when former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio led the team to the Premiership final.

Wasps are struggling for survival in the Premiership and Hayes has had the rugby club up for sale since October last year and is reported to be up for sale for £1 with all of the clubs debts.

Operation Tuleta was created by Police in July last year to investigate Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper but sources have said that Hayes’ arrest is not linked to journalists.

Hayes also owns Wycombe Wanderers Football Club who play from Adams Park where Wasps play their home matches.

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