Phone hacking: Police chief Andy Hayman paid for champagne dinners with News of the World journalists – Telegraph
Details of Mr Hayman’s extravagant entertaining are to be published in a book written by Peter Tickner, the Met Police’s former Director of Internal Audit.
His inquiries into Mr Hayman’s credit card bills – which added up to more than the rest of the Met’s senior management board added together – sparked the inquiry that led to the officer’s resignation in December 2007.
Mr Tickner told The Sunday Telegraph: “I was alarmed by the size of spending on Andy Hayman’s corporate credit card and that is why I asked for a full explanation of his spending. I found out that a large amount was spent on alcohol on his card.”
Mr Tickner told The Sunday Telegraph the corporate cards were issued to officers and were intended for use on assignments outside London, including overseas trips.
But Mr Tickner found much of Mr Hayman’s spending was on entertaining colleagues and journalists in and around Scotland Yard.