Police to reopen phone hacking investigation as more witnesses emerge – UK Politics – UK – The Independent

by peterjukes

Timeline of events…

January 2005 Andy Coulson starts as editor of the News of the World.

November 2005 Royal aides become suspicious that someone is hacking into the mobile phones of members of the Royal Family.

January 2006 Scotland Yard uncovers evidence that the News of the World ‘s royal correspondent, Clive Goodman, hired a private detective, Glenn Mulcaire, to eavesdrop voicemail messages by royal aides.

9 April 2006 A voicemail message from Prince William to Prince Harry appears verbatim in the paper.

August 2006 Police arrest Goodman and Mulcaire and raid the News of the World office and Mulcaire’s home, finding thousands of telephone numbers and at least 91 PIN numbers. The Met informs Gordon Taylor, head of the PFA; Simon Hughes, the Lib Dem MP; Elle Macpherson, the model; Sky Andrew, the football agent; and Max Clifford, the celebrity PR, that their phones may have been hacked.

26 January 2007 Goodman and Mulcaire sentenced to prison terms. Coulson resigns as editor.

6 March 2007 News International’s executive chairman Les Hinton tells a Commons committee that he thought Goodman was the only person at the paper who knew about the hacking.

May 2007 Coulson hired by the Opposition leader David Cameron.

July 2007 Goodman and Mulcaire sue the paper for wrongful dismissal. Mulcaire is paid £80,000, Goodman an undisclosed amount.

June 2008 Gordon Taylor receives £700,000 in an out-of-court settlement from News Group Newspapers.

8 July 2009 The Guardian reports that the News of the World had paid more than £1m to victims of hacking.

16 July 2009 Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions, said the police investigation had threatened to be “unmanageable”.

21 July 2009 Coulson tells the culture select committee Goodman was a “rogue reporter”.

24 February 2010 The culture committee’s report condemns “collective amnesia” and “deliberate obfuscation” by witnesses and says it is “inconceivable” Goodman was the only hacker.

May 2010 Coulson appointed Downing St director of communications.

1 September 2010 Sean Hoare and two unnamed former News of the World journalists quoted in the New York Times as saying that Coulson knew about and encouraged hacking.

6 September 2010 Home Secretary Theresa May said any police investigation was an “operational matter”.

7 September 2010 Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs select committee, announces it will hold an inquiry into the affair.

via Police to reopen phone hacking investigation as more witnesses emerge – UK Politics – UK – The Independent.

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