Met Police has 'done our best to follow the evidence'

The Metropolitan Police has "done our best to follow the evidence without fear or favour" in the phone hacking investigation, assistant commissioner Cressida Dick has said.

The Metropolitan Police's assistant commissioner Cressida Dick.
The Metropolitan Police's assistant commissioner Cressida Dick. Credit: Pool

She said in a press conference, "We were acutely conscious of the sensitivities of investigating a newspaper and people employed by a newspaper, and inevitably dealing with confidential journalistic material.

"This investigation has never been about an attack on press freedom ... we were determined to make sure that justice was done."

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