Statement from Commissioner

06 July 2011

New Scotland Yard

Statement from Sir Paul Stephenson, Metropolitan Police Commissioner:

In view of the widespread media coverage and public interest, I am taking the unusual step of issuing this statement.

As you know Operation Weeting - the investigation into phone hacking - commenced on 26 January. I can confirm that on 20 June 2011 the MPS was handed a number of documents by News International, through their barrister, Lord Macdonald QC.

Our initial assessment shows that these documents include information relating to alleged inappropriate payments to a small number of MPS officers.

Discussions were held with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) at the time and they are content that this matter should continue to be investigated through Operation Elveden under the direction of DAC Sue Akers, in partnership with our Directorate of Professional Standards.

At this time we have not seen any evidence requiring a referral to the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) in respect of any senior officer.

Whilst I am deeply concerned by recent developments surrounding phone hacking they are a product of the meticulous and thorough work of Operation Weeting, which will continue.

Operation Elveden will be equally thorough and robust. Anyone identified of wrongdoing can expect the full weight of disciplinary measures and if appropriate action through the criminal courts.