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Friday 13 December 2019

Police examine laptop dumped near Rebekah Brooks's home

Raf Sanchez

Detectives were examining a computer, papers and a mobile phone found in a bin near Rebekah Brooks's London home.

The items were found in a bag in an underground car park at the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour, just yards from where the former News International chief executive lives with her husband, the horse trainer Charlie Brooks.

The bag is understood to have been found by a cleaner who handed it in to security on Monday afternoon at around 3pm.

Mr Brooks then tried to claim the bag but was unable to prove it was his.

Security guards at the car park called the police, who took the bag and its documents away for analysis.

The Guardian reported that two marked police cars and an unmarked forensic car arrived to collect the bag and its contents.

Detectives are also understood be examining CCTV footage to see how the bag made it into the car park.

David Wilson, a spokesman for Mr Brooks, said the bag had been dropped off by a friend who had left it in the wrong place, possibly leading to be it being binned by a cleaner.

He said the bag and all its contents belonged to Mr Brooks and not his wife and added: "They are absolutely nothing to do with Rebekah Brooks or the police investigation."

"Charlie was looking for it together with a couple of the building staff.

"Charlie was told it had gone to security, by which stage they [security] had already called the police to say they had found something.

"The police took it away. Charlie's lawyers got in touch with the police to say they could take a look at the computer but they'd see there was nothing relevant to them on it. He's expecting the stuff back forthwith."

Mrs Brooks was arrested on Sunday in connection with allegations of phone hacking and illegal payments to police officers. She was bailed until October.

The former editor of the News of the World and The Sun is set to appear before Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee today to answer questions over the phone hacking scandal.

She will appear alongside Rupert and James Murdoch.

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