Daily Telegraph (paper edition)
from top, Kate and Gerry McCann, Jane Tanner, Clarence
Mitchell and Justine McGuinness may have been hacked
Email evidence 'deleted'
Senior executives and staff at the News of the World attempted to
obstruct the police investigation into telephone hacking by deleting
millions of emails and hiding evidence from detectives, it was claimed
An executive from News International, the tabloidís parent company,
allegedly deleted potentially incriminating emails from an internal
archive shortly after Scotland Yard began its second investigation in
It is also alleged that the contents of a reporterís desk were removed
following his arrest before police had an opportunity to conduct a
The allegations came as The Daily Telegraph learnt that detectives have
been handed a list of potential telephone hacking victims linked to the
Madeleine McCann case.
The list of 67 names and numbers includes Kate and Gerry McCann, parents
of the missing child, and politicians including Nick Clegg and Sir
Menzies Campbell. It was handed to officers working on Operation Weeting,
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McCann file goes beyond Mulcaire hacking list
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the Metropolitan Police's investigation into telephone hacking at the
News of the World last year.
An alleged mass deletion of emails was reported by The Guardian
News International last night denied that police were investigating a
suspected deletion of emails by an executive at the company. A spokesman
said: "This assertion is rubbish. We adopted a documented email
retention policy in line with our US parent's records management policy.
We are cooperating actively with police and have not destroyed
Last month, News International journalists handed over evidence of
journalists' alleged involvement in bribing police officers, but was
warned by Scotland Yard not to make an announcement . When the existence
of the emails became public this week, detectives concluded that the
agreement had been breached.
It is also claimed that after the arrest of James Weatherup, a senior
journalist at the paper, in April, his desk was cleared and its contents
lodged with solicitors. The Metropolitan Police is said to have
consulted the Crown Prosecution Service over whether charges would be
brought against unnamed individuals at the paper over the action. Mr
Weatherup was released on bail until September.
The list containing details of people linked to the Madeleine McCann
investigation suggests the victims are not confined to names seized from
Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator. Although the three year-old
went missing in May 2007, after Mulcaire was jailed, some connected to
the investigation into her disappearance raised concerns that their
telephones may have been hacked.
One is understood to be Justine McGuinness, a Liberal Democrat adviser
who was a spokesman for the McCanns. The list also features Jane Tanner,
who was on holiday with the McCanns in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Clarence
Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, has also confirmed he met officers
over attempts to access his Vodafone account.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said of the list: "If anyone is concerned
about telephone hacking we are duty bound to take it seriously."