The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

We haven't investigated it and that's one of my points. But what, in my submission, we have heard is clear evidence of the types of information that were being sought by these newspapers which included criminal record checks, friends and family numbers, DVLA checks and requests for the private numbers of people who deliberately sought them to be ex-directory.

Listening, as we did, through Mr Gilmour's evidence, to the answers that those few journalists who were in fact questioned, questioned either in the presence or with the knowledge of the legal departments of the newspapers for which they worked, listening to their answers given in synchronised chorus that they didn't know that this material had been obtained unlawfully in my submission was hardly credible. As I say, the sheer number of those types of checks, of criminal records, friends and family numbers and so on, is a testament to this.

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