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Warnings for officers after Milly hacking inquiry

Two police officers have been given "words of advice" after an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation in to their actions when the News of the World hacked Milly Dowler's mobile phone messages in 2002.

Surrey Police Deputy Chief Constable Craig Denholm and Detective Superintendent Maria Woodall will be given verbal and written warnings.

The News of the World listened to messages on Milly Dowler's phone after her disappearance.
The News of the World listened to messages on Milly Dowler's phone after her disappearance. Credit: Surrey Police/PA

The pair were referred to the IPCC in November 2012, over accusations that Deputy Chief Constable Denholm knew Milly's phone was being accessed by the News of the World and that Detective Superintendent Woodall over information she provided Surrey Police during an internal investigation.

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Arrests part of new inquiry over 'NOTW phone hacking'

Police believe this latest suspected conspiracy took place primarily during 2005 to 2006 and is separate from the alleged conspiracy already being investigated by Operation Weeting in which a number of people have already been charged.

As part of the new lines of inquiry six people were arrested this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept telephone communications All of them are journalists or former journalists:

  • A 46-year-old man was arrested in the London Borough of Wandsworth
  • A 39-year-old man was arrested in the London Borough of Greenwich
  • A 45-year-old man was arrested in the London Borough of Wandsworth
  • A 39-year-old woman was arrested in Cheshire
  • A 33-year-old woman was arrested in the London Borough of Islington
  • A 40-year-old woman was arrested in the London Borough of Lambeth

All six of those arrested worked for the News of the World.

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Well-known names to settle phone hacking damages

A number of high profile phone-hacking cases are to be settled at the High Court today.

It is the latest in a series of case management conferences, ahead of a hearing in June.

At that time, compensation will be assessed in any outstanding claims for the second wave of the litigation.

Sienna Miller was the first to publicly settle her privacy and harassment claim Credit: /Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Agreed statements of around 15 claimants could be read out to Mr Justice Vos today, with an estimated 160 claims on the register, and more coming forward.

Actress Sienna Miller was the first to publicly settle her privacy and harassment claim, for £100,000, in June 2011, with her ex Jude Law receiving the highest pay out so far, with compensation of £130,000.

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Judge: Corruption 'corrodes public faith in police force'

Sentencing, Mr Justice Fulford told April Casburn she had been guilty of "a corrupt attempt to make money out of sensitive and potentially very damaging information".

The judge went on:

Activity of this kind is deeply damaging to the administration of criminal justice in this country.

It corrodes the public's faith in the police force, it can lead to the acquittal or the failure by the authorities to prosecute individuals who have committed offences whether they are serious or otherwise.

We are entitled to expect the very highest standards of probity from our police officers, particularly those at a senior level.

It is, in my judgment, a very serious matter indeed when men or women who have all the benefits, privileges and responsibilities of public office use their position for corrupt purposes.

He said he was particularly concerned about Casburn's child, and admitted that her absence while she is in prison could be damaging.

But he said that, had she not been arrested, the detective would have returned to work by now, and therefore the child would be cared for by others anyway.

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Detective jailed for 15 months

Chief Insp April Casburn, 53, seen outside Southwark Crown Court in January. Credit: PA

Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn was today jailed for 15 months at the Old Bailey after being found guilty last month of misconduct in public office for offering to sell information to the News of the World.

Casburn, 53, had been warned that a jail term was likely despite the fact that she is in the process of adopting a child.

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Statement from the Metropolitan Police Service

The Metropolitan Police have issued a statement in response to today's publication of the IPCC report into the involvement and actions of Assistant Commissioner John Yates in the recruitment process for the daughter of Neil Wallis:

The IPCC carried out an independent investigation into the involvement and actions of Assistant Commissioner John Yates in the recruitment process for the daughter of Neil Wallis and the MPS accepts its findings.

As the IPCC has previously made clear, it found no evidence of misconduct that would justify disciplinary proceedings in relation to allegations about forwarding a CV for the purposes of employment at the MPS.

The report recommends that we review our practices in relation to senior staff who refer friends and relatives to our Human Resources department for appointment, attachment and holiday employment.

The MPS has been the subject of much external scrutiny in recent months and the review recommended by the IPCC will form part of our wider response in taking forward the emerging issues and advice such as that from Elizabeth Filkin and the Leveson Inquiry.

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