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Dowler lawyer: 'Why has the investigation taken so long?'

Milly Dowler's family has welcomed the news that the police watchdog, the IPCC, is investigating a claim that an officer on her murder case gave information to the News of the World newspaper.

The allegation against the Surrey Police officer is from 2002. Last month it emerged the same officer had been taken off the Dowler case in 2002 for discussing it with a friend.

The Dowler family's solicitor, Mark Lewis, said the family deserve to know why it has taken nine years to be investigated.

The 13-year-old was murdered by doorman Levi Bellfield in 2002.

  • 12 Aug 2011
  • From the section UK