Corruption in the U.K. police may extend beyond a handful of officers, a member of the watchdog that scrutinizes the London force said in the wake of the phone- hacking scandal at News Corp.’s News of the World.
A “drip-drip” of news, including reports that a royal bodyguard may have sold phone numbers to the press and that officers may have been paid to provide journalists with the location of celebrities from phone records suggest corruption extends beyond a handful of officers, said Jenny Jones, a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority and the London Assembly.
“You start to think this cannot be a dozen officers all doing these things for all these journalists,” Jones said in an interview. “It’s got to be 50, hasn’t it? And perhaps even 100.” Jones said she has “no proof” of broad corruption... read more