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Hacking police to study 11m News of the World e-mails

Detectives investigating phone hacking at the News of the World will have to trawl through 11 million e-mails after News International (NI) sources revealed yesterday that the company has given the Metropolitan Police access to an extensive archive of in-house communications that stretched back "over a period of many years".

Earlier this month at the High Court, Mr Justice Vos, who is managing a selection of civil cases against the now defunct newspaper, described as "significant" a new tranche of previously undiscovered documents.

The scale of the e-mail archive is the latest development in a saga of conflicting accounts that at one point had NOTW executives in Scotland stating that six months' worth of emails had been sent to Mumbai in India and then lost.

After an investigation by the Information Commissioner's office, NI later stated that its Mumbai explanation had been a "mistake".

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