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The phone hacking story will not go away. This week has seen the biggest news story in the case for some time. The Guardian reported that the voicemails of the murdered schoolgirl, Milly Dowler, were hacked into by News of the World (NoW) journalists shortly after her disappearance in March 2002. It was suggested that her voicemails were deleted by the NoW “in order to free up space for more messages”. This meant that her friends and relatives wrongly concluded that she might still be alive. Surrey Police investigating her disappearance feared evidence may have been destroyed. Unsurprisingly, the Dowler family were reported to have reacted with “shock and disgust“.

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