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Actor's mum joins hunt for hackers

The Age

Saturday February 19, 2011


A SUSPENDED journalist at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World newspaper agreed to allow Sienna Miller's stepmother, designer Kelly Hoppen, to search his computer as part of an investigation into phone hacking.Lawyers for reporter Dan Evans said at a court hearing in London on Thursday that he would allow a second search to take place. Her representatives had already carried out an initial search."We are giving the claimants a large quantity of information," Evans's lawyer Michael Silverleaf told Justice David Eady. "A lot of it is private information, and a lot of it is irrelevant."Hoppen and Miller are among more than a half dozen celebrities filing lawsuits in the wake of the scandal over allegations that journalists accessed private voicemail messages for stories.Last week, London police said they were reviewing new information and contacting possible victims of phone hacking.Lawyers for police at Thursday's hearing also agreed to give Hoppen documents that might prove her phone was hacked into by a private investigator employed by News of the World.Earlier, the court heard that Hoppen suspected her voicemail was being intercepted in 2009 because private information was being published while some phone messages were recorded as "old" even though she had not listened to them.The newspaper has suspended two journalists Evans and former assistant editor Ian Edmondson over claims they hacked into phones.Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson resigned as Prime Minister David Cameron's head of communications last month because of allegations that phone hacking took place while he was at the paper. Coulson said he was not aware the conduct was taking place.

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