Chief leads phone-hacking review

DURHAM Police have been called in to review a major inquiry into phone hacking by a national newspaper.

Scotland Yard’s incoming Metropolitan Police boss has called in an outside force to review the inquiry into phone hacking at the News of the World.

Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe considered it best practice to ask Durham Police to look at the Met’s Operation Weeting due to the sensitive nature of the case, police said.

The revelation comes after Britain’s top police officer said press and police relationships had “gone too far” as he called for an era of transparency and austerity.

Durham’s chief constable Jon Stoddart will lead the review following the request from Mr Hogan-Howe.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We can confirm that the Metropolitan Police Service has asked an outside police service to conduct a review of Operation Weeting.”

It was instigated by Mr Hogan-Howe while he was acting deputy commissioner, the spokesman added.

Mr Stoddart will then report back to the Met in “due course”.