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Monday 16 September 2019

Tabloid 'targeted former PSNI chief's computer'

Greg Harkin

PRIVATE investigators hired by the 'News Of The World' hacked into the computer of Hugh Orde when he was chief constable of the PSNI, police believe.

The Irish Independent understands that Mr Orde was "shocked and angry" when told that he could have been the victim of computer hacking.

The allegation comes just 24 hours after the former northern secretary Peter Hain was also warned that his computer may have been hacked.

Mr Orde (53) served in the North between 2002 and 2009 and is now head of the Association of Chief Police Officers in England. A spokesman for Mr Orde declined to comment last night.

It is understood that the new allegations have been unearthed by a Metropolitan Police team working for Operation Tuleta, who are examining computer hard drives seized from at least three private detectives used by News International.

There are fears that other senior police and civil servants in the North were targeted by the 'News Of The World'.

Irish Independent

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