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Scotland Yard’s John Yates resigns over hacking scandal

Independent.ie reporters

Published 18/07/2011 | 14:31

Assistant Commissioner John Yates. Photo: PA
Assistant Commissioner John Yates. Photo: PA

The phone hacking scandal has claimed another scalp with the dramatic resignation of one of Scotland’s Yard’s most senior officers John Yates.

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The announcement was made following a Metropolitan Police Authority meeting to discuss the handling of the phone hacking affair by the police assistant commissioner and his links with Mr Wallis, a former senior exectuive at the News of the World.

Mr Yates resigned within hours of his boss Sir Paul Stephenson stepping down.

Britain's most senior officer said his job was untenable after criticism of the Met's decision to employ Mr Wallis - who has now been arrested - as a public relations advisor.

There had also been questions about why Mr Stephenson had accepted free hospitality at a luxury health spa.

In his resignation speech, a clearly angry Mr Stephenson took a damaging parting shot at Prime Minister David Cameron over his relationship with the former NOTW editor who became his communications chief.

The announcement was made by London Mayor Boris Johnson who paid tribute to both Mr Yates and Mr Stephenson on their record on reduction of crime and the fight against terrorism.

He said the resignations were regrettable but right.

Mr Yates will be replaced by assistant commissioner Cressida Dick.

When asked if Prime Minister David Cameron should resign on the back of the scandal, Mr Johnson would not be drawn on the issue.

“I’m not here to discuss government appointments,” he said.

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