Scotland Yard: 800 Were Hacked By The NOTW

Scotland Yard has said around 800 people were victims of phone hacking by the News Of The World (NOTW).

The head of Operation Weeting, the inquiry into hacking by the newspaper, said she was confident officers had contacted and met all of those affected.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers told The Times another 1,200 people have been in contact with the inquiry but they are not believed to have been hacked.

Many of the victims were named in notebooks seized from the private detective Glenn Mulcaire, who was hired by the NOTW.

Thousands more people will be contacted, but it is thought that because of the lack of personal information about them, they are unlikely to have been hacked.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Operation Weeting has been in contact with or been contacted by 2,037 people, of which in the region of 803 are 'victims', whose names have appeared in the material."

The NOTW closed in July after 168 years and the scandal prompted the Leveson Inquiry into the ethics and conduct of the press.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and assistant commissioner John Yates resigned following allegations about links between the force and News International.

It was known that some 1,800 people had come forward to express fears that they may have been hacked.