News Of The World to close amid phone hacking claims

Breaking news.
Breaking news.

SUNDAY newspaper News Of The World has announced it will close amid allegations of phone hacking.

The News International publication will print its final edition this weekend after claims it authorised hacking into the mobile phones of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and the families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Airedale resident Sharon Backhouse, whose son Rifleman James Backhouse was killed in Afghanistan in July 2009, spoke of her shock as the allegations came to light said: “What is the world coming to?”

In a statement made to staff this afternoon, News International chairman James Murdoch, said: “The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account. But it failed when it came to itself.”

Shortly after the announcement Featherstone MP Jon Trickett wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter: “Victory for British sense of decency against media criminality but this is a tactical commercial decision not moral revulsion by NewsCorp.”

See next Thursday’s Express for more on this story.