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Strathclyde Police to aid News of the World investigation in Scotland

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By The Drum Team | Editorial

July 8, 2011 | 2 min read

Strathclyde Police are to work with The Crown Office and their London counterparts on any specific allegations of phone hacking in Scotland.

The Press Association claims that the investigation will work alongside a police investigation taking place in England to uncover those targeted by phone hacking by the News of the World.

A statement by the Crown Office said: "In light of further emerging developments regarding the News of the World the Crown has asked Strathclyde Police to consider and assess specific claims of phone hacking and breaches of data protection in Scotland.

"Strathclyde Police will review available information and will liaise with the Metropolitan Police in relation to any Scottish dimension to their current investigations and will thereafter report their findings to the Area Procurator Fiscal at Glasgow,” the statement added.

David Cameron earlier today announced that two investigations would take place – one a judicial review which would begin upon the completion of the police investigation.

The investigation is likely to focus on the libel case involving Tommy Sheridan who was jailed for three years after an appeal by the Scottish News of the World, a case which its lawyer claims may fall apart as a result of withheld evidence by the newspaper.

The Drum was told earlier today by senior News International sources that the company wished to redeploy the staff at the Scottish News of the World, although it was too early to say how that would be done.

Keep up to date with developments on the News of the World story here.

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