Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers, has told the Home Affair Committee that the number of likely victims of phone hacking has risen to 1,069. Seventy-nine people have been arrested, but only nine have been charged.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers, who is leading the Metropolitan Police investigations related to phone hacking, is set to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry today.
The inquiry will also hear closing submissions from the Metropolitan Police, the Telegraph Media Group and Associated Newspapers at the Royal Courts of Justice.
The senior policewoman leading Scotland's Yard investigation into illegal newsgathering is to retire after the Olympics, the Met has confirmed.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers is in charge of the three linked inquiries into phone hacking, illicit payments and computer hacking.
She has also been leading MPS inquiries into the potential involvement of intelligence services in relation to detainees held abroad.
Ms Akers has served for 26 years and in 2007 was awarded the Queens Police Medal for services to policing.
Lord Blair only learned after 2006 that his private and official mobile phone numbers were included in notes seized from the private investigator Glen Mulcaire by police, he told the Leveson Inquiry into press standards.
He said he had no evidence that his phone was ever hacked, and just put this down to experience.
"I think I just literally said 'Oh, really?' because we were dealing with all sorts of horrors at the time," he said. "So I just suppose I thought 'Well, two people have been arrested, that's it then'."
Former commissioner Lord Blair told the Leveson Inquiry into press standards that he was briefed about the Met's phone-hacking investigation before the arrests of News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman and private detective Glenn Mulcaire in August 2006.
But he said he was not given a sense of how widespread the illegal practice was or the likelihood that people other than Mulcaire were also carrying it out.
The former commissioner stressed that he understood former senior Met officer Peter Clarke's decision to restrict the scope of the hacking probe in 2006 at a time when police were tackling a massive terrorist threat to the UK.
Rebecca Brooks borrowed her Scotland Yard horse after discussing it over lunch with former commissioner Lord Blair.
Lord Blair told the Leveson Inquiry that he had been dining with the ex- News International Chief before she called Scotland Yard's media team to request the loan.
Lord Blair denied leaking the story to the press, and said he had no recollection of agreeing to the arrangement over lunch.
He told the inquiry:
"This seems to have happened on the day that I had lunch with her and, what I understand Mr Fedorcio is going to say, that this was discussed at the lunch. I have absolutely no recollection of that."
Lord Blair has said only a small number of junior officers will be arrested in Operation Elveden in connection to possible payments to police by reporters.
When asked about the decision not to widen the inquiry into phone hacking he said:
"I feel we could have done things slightly differently"
He admitted he did not ask the right questions:
"I didn't ask the question which now looks so obvious about how many other people there were"
He criticised the decision by John Yates,saying it was too quick:
"I don't understand why John took the decision with the speed he did"
The Leveson Inquiry into press standards will hear from Lord Ian Blair today. Blair was forced to resign as head of Scotland Yard in Octrober 2008 after London Mayor Boris Johnson made it clear he wanted him out.
In a statement made previously to the Inquiry he said:
"A very small number of relatively senior officers increasingly became too close to journalists. Not, I believe, for financial gain, but for the enhancement of their reputation and for the sheer enjoyment of being in a position to share and divulge confidences."
Former Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick will give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry in to press standards today.
Quick joined the police service in 1978 in Lambeth and became Assistant Commissioner in 2008. He resigned in 2009 after exposing papers marked 'secret' to photographers waiting outside Number 10, which compromised a counter-terror operation.
Scotland Yard Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Sue Akers is in charge of:
- Operation Elveden - investigation in to payments to police.
- Operation Weeting - investigation in to phone hacking.
- Operation Tuleta - Investigation in to computer hacking.