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Leveson Inquiry: Attorney General to probe Sue Akers police testimony

PUBLISHED March 7, 2012

Dominic Grieve's office is examining the testimony given by Sue Akers to the Leveson Inquiry last month after receiving at least one complaint.

The Scotland Yard Deputy Assistant Commissioner is in charge of three linked inquiries into phone hacking, illicit payments and computer hacking.

She told the inquiry that the Sun newspaper had a "network of corrupted officials" across bodies such as the police and Ministry of Defence.

One individual had received £80,000, while one journalist made payments to sources totalling more than £150,000 over a period of years, she said.

A spokeswoman for the Attorney General said: "Evidence given during the Leveson inquiry has been drawn to the attention of the Attorney General's office.

"The Attorney General will consider the concerns raised."

Appearing before the inquiry earlier today, former Met commissioner Lord Stevens warned that riots could break out if police cut ties with journalists as a result of the phone-hacking scandal.

The peer warned that failing to explain officers' actions to the public via the media in a high-profile incident like a fatal police shooting could lead to "massive public disorder".

He said Scotland Yard officers had become "absolutely terrified" of speaking to the press following the outcry last summer over the force's failure to investigate the full extent of phone-hacking at the News of the World.

The former Metropolitan Police commissioner told the press standards inquiry this was "extremely damaging" for British policing.