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'Poor judgement' by 2 Met staff

The police watchdog has found that “professional boundaries became blurred, imprudent decisions taken and poor judgement shown” by two former senior Met Police staff in their relationships with a former News of the World executive.

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IPCC to publish results of probe into Met's hiring of newspaper PR man

Neil Wallis, former News of the World exec editor; John Yates, former Met Assistant Commissioner; Dick Fedorcio, former Met PR chief. Credit: ITN / Reuters / Reuters

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will today publish the results of its probe into the Met's decision to hire the News of the World's former executive editor Neil Wallis to provide PR advice for the force.

The IPCC has already announced that former Metropolitan Police communications chief Dick Fedorcio has a "case to answer" over the procurement of the contract.

Fedorcio had discussed the possibility of hiring the ex-tabloid executive with then-assistant commissioner John Yates.

Mr Yates said Mr Wallis, a friend of his, gave him "categorical assurances" that there was nothing about the News of the World phone-hacking case that could emerge later to embarrass the Metropolitan Police if he was given the job.

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