Detectives to examine every case involving attacks on children since
2001 in response to Milly Dowler phone hacking
Madeleine McCann, which is expected to be the first case to
be re-examined in the wake of Milly Dowler phone hacking
allegations. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images
officers investigating phone hacking by the News of the World are
turning their attention to examine every high-profile case involving the
murder, abduction or attack on any child since 2001 in response to the
revelation that journalists from the tabloid newspaper hacked into the
voicemail messages of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
is a direct response to the Guardian's exclusive story on Mondaythat a
private investigator working for the News International tabloid, Glenn
Mulcaire, caused her parents to wrongly believe she was still alive –
and interfered with police inquiries into her disappearance – by hacking
into the teenager's mobile phone and deleting messages.
of Madeleine McCann is expected to be one of the first to be re-examined
by detectives from Scotland Yard's new inquiry into the phone hacking,
Operation Weeting. Other cases likely to be re-examined include
15-year-old Danielle Jones, who was abducted and murdered in East
Tilbury, Essex, in 2001 by her uncle, Stuart Campbell.
from Operation Weeting have already told the parents of the girls killed
in Soham in 2002 by Ian Huntley that their mobiles had been hacked.
Documents seized by the Metropolitan police in a 2006 raid on Mulcaire's
home show he targeted Leslie Chapman, the father of Jessica Chapman.
understood the name "Greg" appeared in the corner of notes taken by
Mulcaire – believed to be a reference to the News of the World's former
assistant editor (news) Greg Miskiw. It is thought that parents of the
other murdered girl, Holly Wells, were also targeted.
officers will trawl through their collection of 11,000 pages of notes
kept by Mulcaire, and seized from him in 2006, when he and the News of
the World's royal editor, Clive Goodman, were jailed for hacking into
mobile phones belonging to aides to Prince William and Harry and other
members of the royal household.
issued a public apology on Tuesday to all those hurt or upset by his
activities, saying that after the developments of the past 24 hours he
had to "break his silence". He said: "I want to apologise to anybody who
was hurt or upset by what I have done. I've been to court. I've pleaded
guilty. And I've gone to prison and been punished. I still face the
possibility of further criminal prosecution.
for the News of the World was never easy. There was relentless pressure.
There was a constant demand for results. I knew what we did pushed the
limits ethically. But, at the time, I didn't understand that I had
broken the law at all."
the impending police action capped a dramatic day of developments in the
News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
Throughout the day pressure intensified on the Rupert Murdoch-owned
newspaper and, in particular, its former editor and now News
International chief executive, Rebekah Brooks – who insisted she knew
nothing of the Dowler hacking allegations. She was the editor of the
News of the World at the time the hacking of Milly Dowler's phone
messages took place.
media regulator, Ofcom, is understood to be ready to examine whether
News Corporation directors would be "fit and proper persons" to own
BSkyB – if any senior employees at News Corporation or its UK arm, News
International, were charged with hacking-related offences.
Murdoch's News Corporation is closing in on winning regulatory approval
for its proposed £8bn-plus takeover of the 61% of BSkyB it does not own.
Sources close to the culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, who will decide on
the issue, insisted he could not take phone hacking into account in a
decision that is focused on "media plurality".
Meanwhile a string of high-profile companies – including Ford, npower,
Halifax, T-Mobile and Orange – said they would be reviewing or
withdrawing their advertising in the News of the World.
five brands are estimated to account for more than £2m worth of
advertising in the tabloid in the past year. T-Mobile and Orange are
thought to have spent an estimated £1.5m between them.
said it would be using "alternative media within and outside News
International Group instead of placing Ford advertising in the News of
the World" while it awaited the outcome of an internal investigation.
The company added: "Ford is a company which cares about the standards of
behaviour of its own people and those it deals with externally."
said it was "considering our options" about advertising in the News of
the World, adding: "We are sensitive to the views of our customers and
will take them into account."
for boycotts of the News of the World appeared on Twitter and Facebook,
and companies came under sustained pressure to pull their advertising
wishing to direct their fury at the firms who advertise through the News
of the World were provided with a one-stop page where they could
automatically tweet their concerns to companies such as the
Co-operative, easyJet, Butlins and Renault. Others went further, calling
for direct boycotts of the firms unless they took their advertising
Bercow, the speaker of Commons, granted a rare emergency debate – which
will happen on Wednesday – into calls for a public inquiry into phone
hacking by News International journalists, and whether there was a
potential cover-up by its senior executives.
Ministers in the Commons opposed the emergency debate but, in what will
be seen as another show of force by Bercow, he accepted arguments in
favour put by the Labour MP Chris Bryant.
Labour leader, Ed Miliband, said Brooks needed to "examine her
conscience" and that he was sure that she would because "this happened
on her watch".
his words were Labour's strongest intervention so far on the
phone-hacking crisis, the party is still undecided about whether to put
forward a substantive motion calling for a public inquiry that could be
subject to a vote or amendment.
first sign of potential coalition tension of the Conservative Hunt's
planned approval of the Murdoch BSkyB deal, Tim Farron, the president of
the Liberal Democrats, told BBC Radio 4's World at Oneon Tuesday: "I ask
myself, is Rupert Murdoch a fit and proper person to own any more of the
media market? Well, certainly not." The Milly Dowler revelations were
the "tip of the iceberg", he added.
4 News reported that Brooks was confronted by the Met in 2002 about the
fact a senior detective investigating the murder of a private
investigator, Daniel Morgan, was targeted by Mulcaire on behalf of the
News of the World. The main suspect in the case, which was being led by
Detective Superintendent David Cook, was a man with close links to the
News of the World.
his wife, Jackie Haines, were told by Scotland Yard in April this year
their mobile phone numbers and payroll details had been found in
Mulcaire's notebook. News International said it could not confirm or
deny whether Brooks had ever attended such a meeting.
Buscombe, the chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, said she was
lied to by the News of the World over phone hacking.
only so much we can do when people are lying to us. We know now that I
was not being given the truth by the News of the World," she told the
BBC's Daily Politics.
emailed employees at News International to insist she knew nothing about
phone hacking: "It is inconceivable that I knew or worse, sanctioned
these appalling allegations. I am aware of the speculation about my
"Therefore it is important you all know that as chief executive, I am
determined to lead the company to ensure we do the right thing and
resolve these serious issues."