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News International mired in fresh allegations of spying

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By John Glenday, Reporter

November 9, 2011 | 1 min read

News International’s headache in relation to ongoing hacking allegations has gotten worse with a private detective coming forward to claim he was instructed to follow up to 90 prominent individuals.

Speaking to the BBCs Newsnight programme Derek Webb said he had tailed a series of targets ranging from Prince William to Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe’s parents over an eight year period to this July.

Webb said: "I was working for them extensively on many jobs throughout that time. I never knew when I was going to be required. They phone me up by the day or by the night … it could be anywhere in the country.”

It is claimed that instructions were issued by News of the World journalists by phone, or via posted photos and addresses.

Amongst those targeted were a number of lawyers representing phone hacking victims.

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