MSPs speak out against hacking

A TRIO of local MSPs have slammed the “sickening” behaviour of journalists at the heart of the phone hacking scandal.

This week, there were claims that a private investigator working for the News of the World hacked into murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s phone after she went missing.

In the latest revelation, relatives of those killed in London’s July 7 bombings in 2005 said police had told them their voicemail messages may have been intercepted by the Sunday paper.

Allegations against the tabloid have continued, with claims the parents of murdered Soham girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were targeted.

Yesterday, the issue was debated in the House of Commons but local Holyrood politicians Ken Macintosh, Jackson Carlaw and Stewart Maxwell were eager to have their say.

SNP Glasgow MSP Mr Maxwell is “sickened by the allegations”.

“I cannot begin to understand the minds of the people who would involve themselves in this behaviour. The fact that it appears to have interfered with the police investigation only makes matters a thousand times worse”.

While Eastwood Labour MSP Mr Macintosh “fully supports calls for an inquiry”.

He added: “I’m appalled by these revelations. Illegally hacking into any individual’s voicemail is completely unacceptable and I was shocked to hear that, in this case, messages in Milly’s phone were listened to then deleted.

“This whole affair seems to drag on and on and the Milly Dowler case is the most tasteless of all the events we’ve heard of.

“I won’t be alone in finding the behaviour of any journalists illicit in doing this quite unacceptable.”

Jackson Carlaw told The Extra: “This story is becoming more grotesque by the day.

“Like every decent person I am dismayed by fresh allegations. If offences have been committed then criminal charges should be pressed”.

Giffnock based Stewart Maxwell has also voiced his concerns about the behaviour of the police during this matter.

“Their failure to investigate the original allegations is inexplicable and the accusations of the close involvement of police officers with the News of the World and private investigators needs to be fully and independently examined”.