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Brian Paddick: 'Police don't want to upset news editors'

Court documents handed to BBC News suggest that reporters at the News of the World may have intercepted the voicemails of well known people during 2010.

The newspaper denies the claims and has issued a statement saying it has carried out an extensive investigation into allegations of phone-hacking and found "no evidence whatsoever" to support a claim that the practice was taking place at the paper as recently as last year.

Scotland Yard has reopened its investigation but is facing criticism for its handling of the inquiry.

Brian Paddick, who is a former Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said the force was scared of upsetting the media.

  • 27 Jan 2011
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