UK: phone-hacking 'gave berieved parents false hope'

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UK: phone-hacking 'gave berieved parents false hope'

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The parents of a murdered British teenager have been giving evidence to an inquiry in London into the working practices of the UK press.

The Leveson investigation was ordered after revelations that a private detective working for the News of the World tabloid newspaper hacked the phone of 13-year-old Milly Dowler while she was still missing.

Milly’s mother, Sally Dowler, described the moment she got through to her daughter’s previously full voicemail.

“It clicked through onto her voicemail, so I heard her voice. And it was just like, “she has picked up her voicemails, Bob, she is alive.” It was then really, when we were told about the hacking, it was the first thing I thought,” she recalled.

Actor Hugh Grant is also giving evidence as part of the investigation, centred on claims of the media hounding the mother of his baby daughter.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is among others due to appear.

The News of the World was closed down earlier this year, in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.

The conduct and regulation of the entire UK press is now under intense public scrutiny.