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Met detective ‘harassed’ by News of the World

Issue No. 2266

Former News of the World (NotW) editor, Rebekah Brooks, had a meeting at the Metropolitan Police headquarters on 9 January 2003.

She was confronted with evidence that her paper’s resources had been used on behalf of two murder suspects to spy on the senior detective investigating Daniel Morgan’s murder.

She denies ever having been told about it.

Police told Brooks that Alex Marunchak had apparently agreed to use photographers and vans leased to the paper to run surveillance on behalf of Jonathan Rees and Sid Fillery.

Attempting

Brooks was also told of evidence that Marunchak had a corrupt relationship with Jonathan Rees.

Former Met detective chief superintendent David Cook is attempting to sue NotW for allegedly harassing him in 2002 while he was investigating the murder of Morgan.

In June 2002, Cook appeared on TV to appeal for fresh information on the murder.

A day later, he was told by officers at Scotland Yard that Fillery had been in touch with Marunchak, who allegedly agreed to help “sort Cook out”.

Cook noticed two vans following him. The driver of one of the vans identified himself as a photojournalist working for NotW. Both vans were found to be leased to the paper.

During the same week, letters in Cook’s post box showed signs of having been tampered with.

Cook was warned days later that somebody who claimed to work for the Inland Revenue had contacted the police finance department and asked for his home address “so they could send him a cheque with a tax refund”.

Details

The NotW obtained Cook’s details by other means.

They got his home address, internal payroll number, date of birth and figures for the amount he and his wife were paying for their mortgage.

Cook’s wife’s mobile phone number and the password to her messaging account were also obtained.

Cook says that he subsequently suspected that “Trojan horse” emails may have been sent to his computer and to that of Daniel Morgan’s brother, Alastair, although no confirmation was ever found.

Brooks told the parliamentary committee that—according to her recollection—the meeting was not about this subject.


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