Former Met Chiefs at Leveson

Former Scotland Yard commissioners Lord Condon and Lord Stevens are to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.

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Met's John Yates refused to hand over phone records

Former Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick told the Leveson Enquiry that he had wanted John Yates' phone records to be seized in 2007. This was part of the investigation into allegations that details of the cash-for-honours investigation were being leaked by the Met.

Mr Quick alleged that Mr Yates - who was then Assistant Commissioner - had refused to give permission, saying that he was "very well connected".

When I questioned this remark, he emphasised: 'No, Bob, I'm very well-connected' ... I didn't place huge significance on it at the time. I thought it was a bit of theatre.

On the basis of his reaction, Mr Quick alleges that Met deputy commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson decided not to investigate the phone records.

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Lord Stevens encountered 'mistrust between press and police'

Lord Stevens said he had encountered an atmosphere of mistrust between the press and the police. He tried to change that by encouraging his officers to talk to the press.

He said he had had 12 separate meetings with Rebekah Wade, former news editor of the News of the World, but he said he had not favoured any one particular newspaper group and he would have investigated phone hacking had it happened in his time very thoroughly.

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Condon: I dined with journalists occasionally

Lord Condon told the inquiry: "Over the course of seven years, on a small handful of occasions I may have had the odd meal.

"Max Hastings, as editor of the Telegraph and as editor of the Standard, always moaned about the quality of the food and drink at Scotland Yard, and I think I weakened a couple of times. I think I had lunch with Max Hastings at one of his clubs."

Lord Condon said he also dined out with former Daily Mail crime reporter Peter Burden and ex-Sun editor Stuart Higgins.

Former Met Chief: 'Hospitality can be start of a grooming process'

Lord Condon said in a statement to the inquiry: "In my view hospitality can be the start of a grooming process which leads to inappropriate and unethical behaviour."

He added: "In any walk of life, hospitality can be appropriate, can be sensible, can be necessary, can be ethical.

"But on the other side of that, it can lead to inappropriate closeness, and in some cases that can lead to criminal behaviour."

Lord Condon: Insatiable demand for Commissioner to speak to press

Asked about the relationship between Police and press Lord Condon said: "For every waking minute I was on duty for small periods of time that relationship with the media would be the single thing that was dominating my life."

He added that when there was a major event in London there would be an "insatiable demand for the Commissioner of the day to be saying things about it, to be reassuring the public, to be giving information".

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