Hacking inquiry ‘costs £40m’

Police investigations into phone hacking, privacy breaches and corrupt payments could cost £40m over four years, said the officer in charge of the inquiries.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers told the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee that while “an enormous amount of money” is being spent, she is not concerned by the fact that only just over half the possible victims have been notified and 13 people charged. So far, eight people have been charged under Operation Weeting, which is looking at alleged phone hacking. This is running alongside Operation Elveden, an inquiry into accusations of corrupt payments to officials, and Operation Tuleta, which is looking at privacy breaches.

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