UK police appeal for patience in hacking probe
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LONDON (AP) -- The police officer in charge of Britain's burgeoning phone hacking probe has appealed to the public for patience as authorities contact thousands of potential victims.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers issued a statement Thursday saying police are sorting through 11,000 pages of material containing almost 4,000 names that could be linked to the News of the World scandal.
She says officers will contact everyone whose personal contact details were found in the documents seized in 2005.
The News of the World tabloid is accused of hacking into the cell phone messages of victims ranging from missing schoolgirls to grieving families, celebrities, royals and politicians in a quest for attention-grabbing headlines.