Anorak | James Murdoch’s ‘Neville’ Email, Tom Crone’s Letter And Who Trained Derek Webb To Spy So Well?

James Murdoch’s ‘Neville’ Email, Tom Crone’s Letter And Who Trained Derek Webb To Spy So Well?

by | 9th, November 2011

THE News of The World is back. (No, not to report on Jimmy Savile’s life and loves. More’s the pity.) The pressure is building on James Murdoch.

The latest story centres on a private detective doing surveillance work as asked.

Derek Webb, a former police detective, says he was paid to follow high-profile people and their families, like Prince William, former attorney general Lord Goldsmith, Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe’s parents,  Boris Johnson, Angelina Jolie, Simon Cowell, Sir Paul McCartney, Charles Kennedy, David Miliband, Elle MacPherson, Heather Mills and Gary Lineker.

Says Webb on the BBC’s Newsnight show:

“I was working for them extensively on many jobs throughout that time. I never knew when I was going to be required. They phone me up by the day or by the night … it could be anywhere in the country.”


“Basically I would write down what they were wearing at the time, what car they were in, who they met, the location they met, the times – the times were very important – and I would keep that. And then I would transfer part of it into my diary, but not the actual log itself. Just the names of the people.”

Webb says he followed about 90 people for the paper over a period of eight years.

Sections of the media not in favour of Murdoch’s empire are upset and outraged. But Mr Webb

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