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Yates denies doing an favours for NOTW

Former Assistant Commissioner of the London
Former Assistant Commissioner of the London Credit: Reuters

The News of the World ordered a journalist to get inside information from Scotland Yard's top counter-terrorism officer by "calling in all those bottles of champagne", the Leveson Inquiry heard today.

Former assistant commissioner John Yates admitted he "may well" have drunk champagne with crime reporter Lucy Panton, but denied that he did her favours in return.

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Simon Harris at the Royal Courts of Justice

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Former Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke giving evidence to Leveson. @londontonight

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Clarke gave a briefing to News International in Autumn 2004. Rupert Murdoch appeared, unexpectedly. @londontonight

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