Following the revelations that the News of the World may have hacked into murdered teenager Milly Dowler’s phone and deleted messages, momentum is gathering in the News Corp phone hacking scandal.
Perhaps most damningly, it now appears police are contacting the families of Jessica Wells and Holly Chapman about the possibility their phones were hacked.
The two young girls were brutally murdered in Soham, near Cambridge, in 2002, and the case engulfed the British press for much of that period.
Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator responsible for much of the scandal, has released a statement to The Guardian apologizing for the hacking and attempting to explain the actions:
“I want to apologise to anybody who was hurt or upset by what I have done. I’ve been to court. I’ve pleaded guilty. And I’ve gone to prison and been punished. I still face the possibility of further criminal prosecution.
“Working for the News of the World was never easy. There was relentless pressure. There was a constant demand for results. I knew what we did pushed the limits ethically. But, at the time, I didn’t understand that I had broken the law at all.”
The House of Commons will be holding an emergency debate on the matter tomorrow. Paul Waugh of PoliticsHome notes that the debate looks like “open invitation to MPs to use Parliamentary privilege to highlight any other claims about NoTW phone hacking.” Only 13 of these emergency debates have been held in the last 28 years.