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The new claims come after police confirmed that the parents of murdered Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were contacted by officers on the News of the World hacking inquiry, and after allegations that the phone of murder victim Milly Dowler was hacked.
Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator employed by the Sunday tabloid who is alleged to have illegally accessed Milly’s voicemail messages after she went missing, has apologised for any hurt he caused.
The pressure has intensified as sources confirmed “several” bereaved families of those killed in the July 7, 2005, bombings were feared to have been affected.
News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks was likely to face new calls for her resignation at today’s three-hour emergency Commons session, when MPs were due to consider whether there should be a public inquiry into the saga.
Motor giant Ford said it was suspending advertising with the News of the World. Two other leading companies, Npower and the Halifax, confirmed they were also considering whether to continue advertising with the paper amid a rising tide of anger at its alleged conduct.
Ms Brooks has pledged her “full co-operation” with the police inquiry into the claims, which date back to her time as the paper’s editor.
She said she was “sickened” by the allegations and promised the “strongest possible action” against those responsible. She insisted she had known nothing of the alleged actions of a private investigator working for the paper.
Prime Minster David Cameron described the allegations that a private detective hacked into 13-year-old Milly’s voicemail messages while police were still trying to find her as “really appalling”.
News International said new information had recently been provided to the police.
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