MADELEINE McCann's parents Kate and Gerry's spokesman Clarence
Mitchell confirmed he has spoken to officers investigating phone
Clarence Mitchell has previously spoken of his fear that he may
have been a victim of hacking attempts during the height of the case
involving missing Madeleine McCann.
Last night he said he has been interviewed by officers from the
hacking inquiry Operation Weeting, and is due to be interviewed a second
time in the near future.
Mr Mitchell discovered "suspicious" activity on his account from
February and July 2008 after asking Vodafone to examine his records late
He said: "It appears that a person or persons unknown attempted
to seek information about my number in relation to the McCann case."
"In one instance they claimed that I had been phoning them
regularly and that they were something to do with 'the McCann CID
"This is clearly untrue as no such thing exists, nor did I ever
make such calls to any number every night."
He said another call was made to Vodafone in July 2008 from
someone claiming to have received a text message warning that a third
party had been trying to access their voicemail.
"When I was made aware of these circumstances late last year I
informed the Metropolitan police and detectives from Operation Weeting
swiftly interviewed me.
"I gave full phone records as supplied to me by Vodafone and I
underlined how these suspicious calls were of great concern to me.
"As a result Metropolitan police officers are currently
investigating my phone situation and I understand I am due to speak to
them again at some point in the near future."
He said the McCanns' records were also probed, but there was no
evidence of suspicious activity.
Mr Mitchell has not pointed the finger at any organisation, but
said he would be "naive" not to think attempts to get information from
his phone were linked to journalists.
"I would be naive if I didn't think the suspicious activity was
not journalistic in its intent, simply because of the situation at the
"Suspicious activity would be entirely consistent with the level
of interest there was at that time.
"But I cannot prove who was behind this or what the motivation
was, but I can only assume it was journalistic in its intent."