Former Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Brian Paddick has told ITV News "a lot" of people within news organisations "felt they would never be prosecuted" due to their close relationship with the London force.
Lord Paddick, who stood as the Lib Dem candidate for London mayor in 2008 and 2012, said, "When the initial phone-hacking inquiry was going on, senior executives from News International were still having lunches and dinners with senior police officers" .
"A lot of people felt they would never be prosecuted, thankfully that's proved to be wrong", Lord Paddick added.
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