NotW told police about accessing Milly's voicemail

A former News of the World executive told police the paper listened to murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's voicemail while she was still believed to be missing, a jury has heard.

Stuart Kuttner called Surrey Police on April 13, 2002 to inform them of a message left by a recruitment agency in Telford on the 13-year-old's phone, the Old Bailey was told.

Former managing editor at the News of the World Stuart Kuttner

Police told Mr Kuttner the message was thought to have been left by a "professional hoaxer", a claim which was repeated on page nine of the newspaper the following day.

Later that Saturday, chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck also called police and confirmed that the newspaper "had access" to Milly's voicemail, had obtained the number from "sources" and that it intended to run the story.

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