Scotland Yard Chief Resigns Over Hacking Scandal
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson resigned on Sunday amid a phone-hacking and police-bribery scandal that has tarnished the police in Britain’s capital. His resignation comes amid a growing uproar in the U.K. over the reporting tactics of News Corp.’s now-closed Sunday tabloid News of the World, which is being investigated by British authorities for allegedly intercepting voice mails and paying bribes to police in pursuit of scoops.
Sir Paul’s resignation follows Sunday’s arrest of Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International—News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper unit—who stepped down from her post on Friday. She is the most senior executive at News International to be arrested in connection with the scandal.