Police to contact ‘up to 4,000’ phone hacking victims

The Metopolitan police reportedly contacted just 36 potential phone hacking victims during its first investigation but that figure is now set to be closer to 4,000 now that it is revisiting the scandal.

Scotland Yard has previously refused applications under the Freedom of Information Act to reveal the number but divulged it in a letter from the acting deputy commissioner John Yates to the Culture, Media and Sport committee.

The Guardian claimed the letter “appears to contradict evidence he gave” to the committee in Februrary last year, when he said police had been “diligent and taken all proper steps to ensure those individuals have been informed”.

The newspaper has persistently acccused police of sitting on evidence obtained from the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was frequently employed by the News of the World, insiting that they only contacted 36 people before the latest investigation.

(Source: Press Gazette)




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