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Stephenson said he had first been introduced to Wallis as a deputy commissioner fresh from Lancashire at a dinner with Fedorcio on 19 September 2006.
This apparently cordial dinner took place despite a “tense standoff” between the News of the World and police, who had arrested Mulcaire and Goodman, and attempted to search the paper’s premises on 8 August of that year. Police have told Leveson the paper’s staff were completely unco-operative and officers had feared violence while inside the NoW offices.
The inquiry has heard that four days before Stephenson’s first Wallis encounter, on 15 September 2006, an as yet unnamed senior police officer briefed Rebekah Brooks, the then Sun editor, assuring her that police were not planning to pursue any other News of the World journalists.