New London police chief calls in phone hack help

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Posted: Sep 15, 2011 10:53 AM
New London police chief calls in phone hack help

The London police's incoming boss has called on an outside police force for help handling Britain's politically sensitive phone hacking probe.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, whose predecessor resigned amid criticism he did little to investigate the issue, said Thursday that he was asking Durham Constabulary, a northeast England police force, to examine his own officers' work.

Britons have been horrified by growing evidence that Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid systematically spied on those in the public eye by intercepting voicemail messages or corrupting police officers.

The Metropolitan police have come under withering criticism for failing to properly investigate the scandal, and two top officers have resigned.