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Rupert Murdoch's regret over police abuse

BY IAN BURRELL

After being secretly taped in the offices of The Sun berating the police for being "totally incompetent", Rupert Murdoch has written to MPs to express regret for having "used the wrong adjectives".

In his letter to Keith Vaz, chair of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, the media mogul was less than apologetic, criticising Scotland Yard's investigations into his journalists as being "excessive" and too slow.

"While I regret my choice of words in that highly emotional meeting, I care deeply about our employees, and I am troubled by the effect of these events on them," he wrote.

Mr Vaz said: "I am glad that he (Murdoch) has confirmed he does not think the police investigations are incompetent."

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