London: Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday
condemned as "truly dreadful" allegations that a British
tabloid hacked the voicemail of a missing teenage girl who was
later found murdered.
Cameron said police should investigate the claims about
the News of the World, a Sunday tabloid owned by Rupert
Murdoch`s News International, in "the most vigorous way they
can" and "without any worry about where the evidence should
However, Cameron made clear that the allegations about
the case of 13-year-old Milly Dowler would not prompt him to
intervene in the bid by the News of the World`s parent company
-- Murdoch`s News Corp -- to take a majority stake in
satellite broadcaster BSkyB.
The allegations put pressure on Rebekah Brooks, News
International`s chief executive, who was editor of the
newspaper at the time of the murder. But media reports said
she had Murdoch`s full support, and would not resign.
In a new twist to the long-running phone-hacking scandal
at the tabloid which has thus far involved the voicemails of
celebrities and politicians, it has emerged that police are
investigating claims that a private investigator working for
the newspaper also hacked Dowler`s mobile phone.
The teenager disappeared on her way home from school in
Walton-on-Thames, near London, in 2002. After a major police
search, her bones were found six months later in a forest.
Last month, former nightclub doorman Levi Bellfield, who
was already serving a whole-life sentence for murdering two
other women, was convicted of her murder.