| 13.7°C Dublin

McCartney calls for hack probe

Paul McCartney said he plans to contact police over allegations that his voicemail messages were intercepted.

His remark came after his ex-wife Heather Mills claimed a journalist admitted hacking voicemails left for her by the former Beatle.

Speaking in the US, McCartney said the allegation that Ms Mills' phone had been hacked was something he wanted to speak to police about.

He said: "Apparently I have been hacked."

The musician branded hacking "horrendous", adding that he would be in touch with police as soon as he had finished his summer tour.

"I will be talking to them about that," he said. "I don't think it's great. I do think it is a horrendous violation of privacy, and I do think it's been going on a long time, and I do think more people than we know knew about it.

"But I think I should just listen and hear what the facts are before I comment."

His remarks came after Ms Mills told BBC2's Newsnight programme that the Mirror Group journalist made the admission in 2001.



Message

The BBC, which declined to name the journalist allegedly involved, said it was not Piers Morgan, who was editor of the Daily Mirror at the time.

But the message in question appeared to be the same as one which Mr Morgan later admitted listening to, a spokesman for the programme said.

In a 2006 article in the Daily Mail, Mr Morgan referred to hearing a recorded message which McCartney had left for Ms Mills, the spokesman said.

He wrote: "At one stage I was played a tape of a message Paul had left for Heather on her mobile phone."

Mr Morgan issued a statement describing Ms Mills' claims as "unsubstantiated".

But MPs have now called for Mr Morgan to return to the UK to answer "some very serious questions" over allegations of phone hacking.

Conservative MP John Whittingdale said Mr Morgan could be quizzed by the Metropolitan Police on the basis of recent evidence.

The former tabloid editor tweeted yesterday: "So heart-warming that everyone in UK's missing me so much they want me to come home. £swoon."

hnews@herald.ie


Privacy