Lord Justice Leveson was arrested late in the afternoon just as he was returning from horseriding near his Chipping Norton mansion. It is understood that he had been out riding with a group of neighbours on a horse borrowed from the Brooks family. Mr. and Mrs Brooks are a popular local couple who operate a sanctuary for semi-retired Metropolitan police horses.
Many neighbours, some prominent in politics, have an arrangement with the Brooks' whereby in return for exercising the horses they get to use them (the horses) free of charge.
One of the neighbours, Mrs. Susan Ackers, said that she could easily have been with Lord Leveson at the time of the raid had she not been working overtime. Some 45 of her colleagues have been suspended for some reason or another and they are short staffed.
Metropolitan police issued a statement which indicated that Lord Leveson was not charged with any particular offence, just doing what he was best at – helping with inquiries.