Edmondson Editor At News Of The World 7 Years
March 7, 2012 by staff
Edmondson Editor At News Of The World 7 Years, The News of the World was battered by a string of new allegations today as the row over hacking of murder victims’ phones deepened. It emerged that even the families of victims of the 7/7 bombings have been warned that they may have been the targets of phone hacking by News of the World journalists as they mourned the death of love ones.
The shocking revelation came after it was revealed that families of the two girls murdered by Ian Huntley, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, were also targeted by phone hackers while their daughters were missing and that the News of the World had also hacked into the mobile phone messages of murdered Milly Dowler.
Politicians were today preparing to take part in an emergency Commons debate with many calling for public inquiry into the scandal.
There will also be demands that the government block New International boss Rupert Murdoch from buying outright control of Sky TV, as deal due to be approved on Friday.
The 7/7 revelations – a day before the sixth anniversary of the atrocity – will pile further pressure on chief executive of News International Rebekah Brooks to resign over the hacking scandal.
This morning senior industry figures were in disbelief that she had not gone already.
She has claimed to have no knowledge of the actions of the journalists and investigators involved, despite being editor of News of the World at the time.
However, according to The Independent, she was personally responsible for hiring private detective Steve Whittamore to trace the owner of a mobile phone number, in a separate incident. He later supplied the NoTW with the Dowler family’s ex-directory number.
The fresh allegations regarding the families of victims of the 7/7 attacks has added a further level of disgust to the story for its potential targets.
Graham Foulkes, whose 22-year-old son David was killed in the attacks, was told by police his details were found in a file marked ‘July 7′ during the police investigation and that he may have been hacked.
He told BBC Radio Four this morning: ‘My wife and I were kind of all over the place and we were chatting to friends on the phone, in a very personal and in a deeply emotional context and the thought that someone might have been listening to that just looking for a cheap headline is just horrendous.’
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