Authorities knew that Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid had hacked into the phone of murdered teenager Milly Dowler nine years before the scandal over the practice exploded, an English police chief said yesterday. Surrey Police Chief Constable Mark Rowley acknowledged that his force knew as far back as April 2002 that someone linked to the News of the World had accessed Dowler’s voicemail, although he said it wasn’t yet clear why no one was prosecuted over the practice.
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