Police chief in charge of hacking inquiry to retire

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers gives evidence to a Commons Home Affairs Committee in July 2011 Credit: PA/PA Wire

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.