Arsenal star Walcott target of News of the World hacking

ARSENAL star Theo Walcott was the target of a News of the World phone-hacking tap, it has been revealed. The tabloid newspaper hacked into the phone of Walcott’s girlfriend Mel Slade’s Dad John in an attempt to get gossip about the Gunners ace.

It has emerged that cops investigating the phone hacking scandal broke the news to the 70-year-old when he was contacted as part of Operation Weeting, the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into phone-hacking. He will now be taking legal action, it is reported.

It is said that the Met called him to disclose that during 2005 and 2006, private investigator Glenn Mulcaire was alleged to have targeted him too. Slade said: “I was very surprised.We don’t court any publicity and Mel and Theo keep a low profile as you know.”

Walcott, who grabbed a goal for the Gunners in a 3-0 win over Aston Villa at the Emirates in the Premier League on Saturday, has yet to comment on the news.