The response from Lord Blair, former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), when asked about the decision not to reopen an inquiry in 2009, said: “If material was available at the time that showed ‘industrial level hacking’ it would have been appropriate to have gone further.”
The fact is that Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers, who is leading a new investigation into hacking, revealed to the committee that only 170 out of more than 4,000 potential victims whose details were stored by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire have been contacted by police.
Can it get more “industrial” than a list of more than 4,000 potential victims? This list was seized when MPS officers raided Mulcaire’s home. As the police have clearly had it in their possession since 2007, why didn’t they act on it? The excuse that they had terrorist incidents to deal with is simply not credible. Those atrocities took place 4 years ago, with sufficient time having elapsed for the investigating officers to do their jobs properly. The police have failed the victims and the country very badly.