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Met withheld information on hacking, MP claims

Simon Hughes says police "ignored evidence of long-standing and widespread criminality."

Police failed to tell Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes that private investigator Glenn Mulcaire had his address, home phone number and personal details about his friends, the Leveson Inquiry heard today.

Scotland Yard detectives informed Hughes in October 2006 that they had uncovered evidence Mulcaire had hacked his mobile phone while working for the News of the World. The officers told him other politicians had also been targeted by the investigator and were not willing to go public and give evidence at a trial.

But it was only in May last year that police showed Hughes the extent of the information that Mulcaire held about him, the press standards inquiry heard.

Read more at the Press Gazette.