UK police: over 800 may be phone hacking victims

AP , Monday 6 Feb 2012

British police have found 829 names of victims of the News of the World tabloid phone hacking scandal

British police say more than 800 people may have had their phones hacked by a tabloid newspaper.

The Metropolitan Police's Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers told Britain's media ethics inquiry Monday that police had found 829 names in documents seized from private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

Mulcaire was jailed for hacking into phones for the News of the World tabloid.

Akers says police had notified 581 potential victims, but have not been able to trace 231 names and could not inform another 17 because of ongoing investigations.

Prime Minister David Cameron set up the inquiry into media ethics after revelations that the now-defunct News of the World had hacked into mobile phone voice mails in its quest for scoops.

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