Prosecutors will expand their review of evidence gathered during the phone hacking inquiry to include fresh claims swirling around the scandal, the Director of Public Prosecutions has said.
Keir Starmer said any evidence from "recent or new substantive allegations" will be assessed by a senior barrister as part of an ongoing inquiry into material already held by Scotland Yard.
The decision means officials at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) could advise the Met to reopen the inquiry into fresh claims that the mobile phones of high-profile individuals were hacked.
The review, overseen by Alison Levitt QC, may yet also lead to lawyers deciding that enough evidence already exists to bring charges against others implicated in the scandal.
In a statement, Mr Starmer said he has asked Ms Levitt to take a "robust approach" to her review of hundreds of documents and subsequent advice to senior police officers or prosecutors.