U.K. Metropolitan Police Chief Paul Stephenson resigned over “accusations” about his force’s links to a former News Corp. journalist arrested in connection with a probe into phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid.
The London Metropolitan Police agreed that its hiring of former News of the World editor Neil Wallis should be reviewed after Mayor of London Boris Johnson had a “very frank discussion” with Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson, a spokesperson for Johnson’s office said in an e- mailed statement today.
The Metropolitan Police commissioner who resigned as a result of News Corp.’s phone-hacking scandal told a judge-led inquiry into media ethics that commanders were “obsessed” with their portrayals in tabloid headlines.
The phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.’s U.K. newspapers simmered for nearly five years before erupting on the national scene in July 2011 amid the discovery that journalists had hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson, who announced his resignation two days ago, said he had “no reason” to suspect a former News of the World journalist of phone-hacking when he worked for the police.
Britain’s police watchdog cleared former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson and his deputy John Yates in relation to a botched phone-hacking investigation of News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid.
The News of the World phone-hacking scandal claimed the job of a second senior officer at Scotland Yard in two days, as the London force’s top anti-terrorism officer resigned over ties with the shuttered News Corp. tabloid.