Britain's Top Cop Resigns Over News Corp Scandal

But insists he had no knowledge of it
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2011 5:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – Sir Paul Stephenson has resigned his post as commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police, thanks to the “ongoing speculation and accusations” swirling around the department in the News of the World phone hacking scandal. Stephenson, the most senior police officer in Britain, has taken heat for hiring ex-NoTW executive Neil Wallis as an adviser, and for a trip he and his wife took to a luxury spa where Wallis worked, the BBC explains.

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But at his press conference, Stephenson denied all wrongdoing. “My integrity is completely intact,” he said. “I had no knowledge to the extent of this disgraceful practice. … I may wish we had done some things differently, but I will not lose sleep over my personal integrity.” Click here for more on Scotland Yard's ties to News of the World. (Read more Sir Paul Stephenson stories.)

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