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NYT: Did News of the World hack the phone-hack police investigators?

Amid a slew of new phone-hacking and blagging allegations against the News of the World and News International - the New York Times has alleged that police officers investigating the tabloid where themselves targeted.

The paper alleges that five senior police investigators investigating phone-hacking at the News of the World in 2006 found that their own mobile phone messages had been targeted.

Questions were later raised elsewhere about the business expenses of one of the officers involved - Andy Hayman - and about his relationship with a woman who worked for the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Hayman left the police in December 2007 and worked as a columnist for NoW sister title The Times.

It was also reported that assistant Met Commission John Yates had used Airmiles earned in the course of work to buy flights for relatives - the NYT notes.

The Mail on Sunday carried a story about this at the weekend noting that press photos were taken of Hayman in the company of a female colleague in August 2006 and that the threat of media coverage might have influenced the phone-hacking investigation.

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