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Why Did Police Ignore Levi Bellfield’s Phone But ‘Let’ Murdoch Watch Milly Dowler’s Dad?

by | 15th, July 2011

RUPERT Murdoch has apologised to the parents of Milly Dowler. No. Not for failing to hack Levi Bellfield’s phone he murdered the child but for employing a man who allegedly hacked into the then missing girl’s mobile phone and deleted messages to make room for new ones a move that encouraged thoughts of her being alive.

You may recall that when Milly Dowler went missing, police focused some of their energies of her father, the innocent Bob Dowler.

At Bellfield’s trial, we learnt that Surrey Police told him he was a suspect whether he liked it or not ”. They interviewed him three times.

In the weeks after Milly’s disappearance, officers knocked on Bellfield’s door 11 times. He was never in. When they were told he had moved, they failed to seek a forwarding address.

Mr Dowler told the court:

“I was very concerned because I knew they needed to be focused on someone else.”

And at some time the News of The World was listening to his missing daughter’s phone. Why? We can only guess. But the paper has links with the police, having allegedly bought stories off serving officers. Were police getting the paper to do their dirty work?

UK Assistant Police Commissioner John Yates says his 2009 decision not to reopen an investigation into News International was a pretty crap one He says he failed the victims.

The former Met commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson employed Neil Wallis, News of the World’s former deputy editor, as a consultant at Scotland Yard.

We may never know why Milly Dowler’s phone was hacked. We do know that Rupert Murdoch has made a full and sincere apology to Bob Dowler and his wife Sally.

Murdoch is contrite. Rebekah Brooks has resigned from her top job in his outfit. She was investigating

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