Met faces tough questions on phone hacking

Inspector Knacker of the Yard is facing tough questions over its handling of the phone hacking case after the Metropolitan Police admitted that during the first four years of the phone-hacking case it warned only 36 people that they may have been targeted.

Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator employed by the News Of The World had a list of the names of people he hacked and this was found by detectives in 2006. It turns out that the list was 4,000 people.

In a letter to John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport committee, the Met’s acting deputy commissioner, John Yates, admitted that fewer than one percent of the potential victims were contacted by officers.

In the initial investigation five years ago, 28 people were warned and a further eight received warnings in 2009.

According to the Independent, Inspector Knacker insisted that the real numbers should be kept secret.

But the question is that why having assured the Director of Public Prosecutions that it would warn all of the “potential victims”, Scotland Yard did not bother.

A new investigation was established in January and the remaining people on Mulcaire’s list are finally being contacted.

Whittingdale said that there are some very big questions and one of them was why the coppers did not do anything with the evidence they had.

He was concerned that newspapers were able to listen in to the private conversations of Downing Street, royal staff and others.