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Milly's Family Calls For Brooks To Quit

Post  mara thon on Mon 11 Jul - 12:46


..The family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler have called for Rebekah Brooks to quit over the hacking scandal after confirming they have not received an apology from the Murdochs.

Bob and Sally Dowler are suing the News of the World (NOTW) following claims their daughter's mobile phone was targeted when she went missing in 2002.

The Dowlers said the fact that messages were being deleted from the 13-year-old's phone gave them false hope that she was still alive.

Mrs Dowler and Milly's sister Gemma were among 13 victims and campaigners who met the Deputy Prime Minister earlier to ensure a comprehensive inquiry is carried out.

They called for "stronger, clearer and faster action" from the Government over the scandal.

In a statement following the meeting, the Dowler's lawyer Mark Lewis said the family believes Brooks "should take responsibility and do the honourable thing and resign".

Brooks was the editor of the newspaper in 2002 when the hacking took place.

Mr Lewis said Surrey Police were aware at the time of what had taken place but the Dowlers only found out in April 2011 as they prepared for Levi Bellfield's trial for the teenager's kidnap and murder.

Downing Street said talks will be held with Prime Minister David Cameron later this week.

The Media Standards Trust, which has led a major campaign on the issue and has organised the meetings, said it was also arranging a session with Labour leader Ed Miliband.

The news that Milly's phone was among those targeted by the newspaper kicked off a wave of public outrage, which led to the paper's closure and its final issue being published on Sunday.

It has also emerged that the families of terror victims had their messages hacked.

Mr Cameron has announced that a judge-led inquiry will be held into the scandal.

It is thought the Trust, which led the Hacked Off campaign for a public inquiry, is keen to be able to address its concerns separately with the three main party leaders.

Others attending the talks included former Scotland Yard deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick, phone hacking victim Nicola Phillips and solicitor Mark Lewis - who represents the Dowlers and other hacking victims.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror has reported that NOTW investigators tried to hack into the voicemails of the British victims of 9/11.

A former New York police officer claims he was approached by journalists who said they would pay him to retrieve private phone records.

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