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Phone hacking probe in numbers: Cost to taxpayer 'could reach £50m'

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The Metropolitan Police has now spent around £40 million on investigations into phone hacking and inappropriate payments to police and public officials by journalists from the Mirror Group and News Group Newspapers.

Operations Eleveden and Weeting have cost a combined £37.5m between 2011-2015, the Press Gazette reports.

This figure could soar to nearly £50 million if legal fees are taken into account.

A seperate Met Police investigation into computer hacking - Operation Tuleta - has so far cost the force £3.8m.

The numbers have been revealed after the Crown Prosecution Service announced that no further action will be taken as a result of the phone-hacking investigations.

Here are some of the numbers behind the investigation:

£22.8
Estimated cost of Operation Weeting since 2011.
£14.7
Estimated cost of Operation Eleveden.
64
Number of journalists arrested during phone hacking investigations.
107
Members of Met Police staff that worked on Ops Weeting and Eleveden.
1,000
What police called "likely victims" of the News of the World phone hacking operation.