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Lawyer: UK police 'likely' had phones hacked

October 31, 2011

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LONDON—A lawyer for a police department whose officers investigated the 2002 disappearance of a murdered British schoolgirl whose voicemail was hacked by a tabloid most likely had their own phones hacked.

Revelations this summer that journalists working for Rupert Murdoch's News of the World hacked into the voice messages of missing Milly Dowler nine years ago set off a scandal that forced the closure of the tabloid, led to a chain of arrests and rocked Murdoch's media empire.

It also prompted an inquiry into media ethics and phone hacking led by Justice Brian Leveson.

John Beggs, a lawyer for Surrey Police, told a seminar ahead of the inquiry Monday that "it is likely that a number of" officers on the force were themselves hacking victims.

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