Supergrass names new UK hacking victims

Rupert Murdoch. Photo / AP
Rupert Murdoch. Photo / AP

More than 800 potential new phone-hacking victims have been identified, Britain's High Court was expected to hear today, after a tabloid supergrass helped police secure fresh evidence.

Officers believe they have discovered evidence of a widespread but previously-unknown conspiracy - centred on the News of the World features desk, indicating that phone-hacking was ingrained in Rupert Murdoch's tabloid empire.

The development threatens to reignite the debate on press misconduct on the day MPs vote on rival plans to implement the regulatory proposals of Lord Justice Leveson. Up to this point the Metropolitan Police's criminal investigation into alleged phone-hacking, Operation Weeting, has focused on the now-defunct tabloid's news desk.

- Independent

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