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Warnings of potential Irish victims of NOTW phone hacking

Meanwhile, UK police have contacted a lawyer involved in Lady Diana’s inquest to warn him over possible voicemail hacking.

The scene of the Tavistock Square bus explosion in the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.
The scene of the Tavistock Square bus explosion in the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.
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BRITISH POLICE have contacted two Irish people who may have been victims of the News of the World’s alleged phone hacking.

Sean Cassidy, father 7/7 London bombings victim Ciaran Cassidy, told the Independent that the was shocked to be informed by police that his phone may have been hacked after his son’s death.

Fifty-two people were killed in suicide attacks carried out by four people on underground trains and one bus in London six years ago today. Police investigating the phone hacking allegations are checking if the 7/7 victims’ families’ phones have been hacked.

Irish journalist Greg Harkin says he was also notified by police investigation the alleged hacking. His phone may have been hacked after he co-write a book about the IRA with a former British intelligence officer in 2004. Police said that

Meanwhile, a lawyer involved in the inquest into the death of Lady Diana has been alerted by police that his phone messages may have been hacked.

NOTW losing backers

A charity which supports members of the British forces has dropped the newspaper as its campaign partner after allegations emerged that it may have hacked the phones of the families of members the British armed forces killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Guardian reports.

The Royal British Legion said it couldn’t “with any conscience” continue to campaign alongside the newspaper pending a resolution of these allegations against it.

News International, which owns the newspaper, said it was contacting the Ministry of Defence over the claims and said in a statement that it would be “absolutely appalled and horrified” if the allegations were found to be true.

Some of the newspaper’s advertisers including Ford, Boots, Vauxhall and Halifax have pulled their advertising from the NOTW in response to the allegations.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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