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Det Sup Phillip Williams, who led the original police investigation into phone hacking, has admitted that he should have informed more of the people who appeared to be victims of the practice.
The investigation has been criticised for limiting its scope to the hacking of voicemails belonging to members of the royal household.
Labour leader Ed Miliband's first three question were about the Leveson Inquiry. The Prime Minister said there is "all-party support" for the world of the Leveson Inquiry and police investigation. He said he says we need a "free and vibrant" press.
Det Sup Philip Williams says he told the Met in 2006 that there was a clear case to investigate phone-hacking further. But he said he was also aware there may be a public perception that it was wrong to divert resources away from anti-terrorism operations.
Det Sup Philip Williams told the Leveson Inquiry that at the time of the invesigation Vodafone believed it was "not possible" to hack into voicemail. He said: "this was consistent with other phone companies at this time."
Detective Chief Superintendent Philip Williams is giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. He headed the 2006 police investigation into the phone hacking of members of the royal household - called 'Operation Caryatid'.
Robert Jay QC, counsel to the Leveson Inquiry, said on Monday that the police accepted they did not follow their own strategy for informing potential hacking victims. He suggested why this might have been the case:
Detective Superintendent Philip Williams, who was in charge of the original police probe into phone hacking, allegedly knew the extent of the crimes that had been committed. He wrote in in a log dated 30th January 2008:
The Leveson Inquiry will also be interested to hear why the Metropolitan Police didn't act on a list of names of potential hacking victims in private investigator Glenn Mulcaire's notebook.
Detective Superintendent Philip Williams, who led the 2006 police inquiry into phone hacking, will appear before the Leveson Inquiry along with Detective Inspector Mark Maberly and Detective Chief Superintendent Keith Surtees.
They will be asked why their investigation was brought to an early end after it emerged that there could be hundreds of victims of phone hacking.
From 10 am this morning, DI Mark Maberly, DCS Keith Surtees and DS Philip Williams are due to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into culture and ethics of the press.
The above were involved in the original inquiry into the hacking of phones belonging to members of the royal family.
To read how events at Tuesday's Leveson hearings unfolded, click here.