Top Durham cop to head Scotland Yard phone hacking investigation

Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart.
Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart.
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A NORTH East police chief is to lead a review in to the phone hacking inquiry.

Scotland Yard has announced that Durham Police Chief Constable Jon Stoddart will head the probe, following a request by the Metropolitan Police’s new commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Mr Hogan-Howe has told the Metropolitan Police Authority that the force’s relationship with the media had “gone too far,” and has pledged to reset the boundaries between police and the press.

The review into Operation Weeting, the inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the hacking, was ordered by Mr Hogan-Howe when he was acting deputy commissioner.

Mr Stoddart will report back to the Met.