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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