News International, which owns the News of the World newspaper, has admitted liability in a number of 'voicemail hacking' cases. Several claimants have been offered an apology; the company is also setting up a compensation fund to pay claims.
Allegations of unauthorised access to mobile phone voicemail accounts first came to light in 2006, when a News of the World reporter was arrested.
Front-line police officers 'on the beat' will soon only need a few seconds to check whether a mobile phone has been stolen. A new process developed by the National Policing Improvement Agency comes into effect on Monday, giving officers the ability to directly access the National Mobile Phone Register from a handheld device.
Around 54,000 officers across the UK currently use handheld computers in their work.