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Families of 7/7 victims 'had their phones hacked'

Yet more people have been added to the list of individuals suspected of having their phones hacked by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who hacked into phones while employed by the News of the World
Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who hacked into phones while employed by the News of the World
Image: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire.

WITH THE SIXTH anniversary of the 7/7 bombings in London coming up tomorrow, it is a difficult time for the families of those killed in the terrorist attack.

But some families have been left even more distraught after hearing that their phones might have been hacked by Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator hired by the News of the World.

The Guardian reports today that Scotland Yard has begun contacting relatives of victims of the bombings, including Graham Foulkes, whose son David was killed in the attack.

He told the paper that officers from the Met’s phone hacking investigation team, Operation Weeting, told him that his mobile number, ex-directory landline number and address were found in records in Mulcaire’s office.

Yesterday, it emerged that the parents of the two young girls murdered in Soham in 2002 – Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman – had had their mobiles hacked.

It has also emerged that payments were made to senior police officers by the NOTW between 2003 and 2007.

Rebekah Brooks, head of News International and the editor of the NOTW when some of the phones were hacked, has denied knowledge of the hackings.

More cases are due to re-examined following the revelations, including the Madeleine McCann case, and that of Danielle Jones, who was abducted and murdered by her uncle in 2001 in Essex.

In 2006, 11,000 pages of notes belonging to Mulcaire were seized – they are now being examined by police.

Labour Leader Ed Miliband has called for a public inquiry into the hackings.

An emergency debate has been called for the Commons about a public inquiry into the phone hacking.

Read the full article in today’s Guardian newspaper>

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