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Britain’s long-running phone hacking scandal has taken a sickening twist, with claims that a tabloid newspaper [owned by Rupert Murdoch] hacked into the phone mail of an abducted teenage girl and may have hampered the police investigation into her disappearance.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday he was deeply shocked by the new charges and called for a thorough police inquiry.

“If they are true, this is a truly dreadful act and a truly dreadful situation,” Cameron said of the allegations.

The case involves 13-year-old Milly Dowler, who went missing in 2002 and was murdered by a nightclub doorman who has been convicted of the crime…

The new allegations center on the controversial News of the World tabloid, which has already seen a number of its journalists arrested for breaking into the cell phone voicemail systems of celebrities, sports figures and royal aides…

The newspaper is now accused of hacking into Dowler’s voicemail and deleting several messages on her cell phone, giving her parents false hope that she was alive as well as potentially damaging the police effort to find her.

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Britain shocked by hacking into slain girl’s phone

Also see “Who’s Who in scandal at heart of Murdoch empire.”

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(Source: diadoumenos)