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Met faces new questions over phone hack probe

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The BBC has seen evidence that suggests a News of the World reporter was listening in to mobile phone messages as recently as last year.

On Tuesday the company sacked Ian Edmondson, an assistant editor on the paper, and handed over some of his e-mails to Scotland Yard. The BBC has now seen documents relating to the interior designer Kelly Hoppen. She is the step-mother of the actor Sienna Miller: both are taking action against the News of the World.

Kelly Hoppen has successfully won a court order forcing a telephone company to release the identity of anyone allegedly trying to hack her phone between June 2009 and March 2010. According to her lawyer, Mark Thomson, the alleged hacker has been named as Dan Evans, a News of the World reporter who was suspended from the paper in April 2010.

The News of the World has issued a statement saying that it has found "no evidence whatsoever" to support allegations of phone hacking at the paper as recently as last year, describing the BBC report as "misleading".

Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's Media Show, told Today presenter Evan Davis that the Metropolitan Police are "right in the soup" over the phone hacking investigation, and that the story now "almost certainly extends beyond the News of the World".

Jenny Jones, Green Party member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, said the Met now have to "really come clean and own up to all the information they've got" on phone hacking, raising questions as to whether another force should investigate the case.


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