'More than 800 people' phone-hacked by News of World

Copy of the News of the World The Leveson Inquiry is examining media practices at the News of the World and other papers

The total number of people whose phones were hacked by the News of the World will be about 800, police have said.

The head of Scotland Yard's hacking inquiry Operation Weeting told the Times she was "confident" her officers had met all the likely victims.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers said some others who were "potential targets, but are unlikely to have been hacked" still need to be contacted.

The scandal led to the closure of the News of the World after 168 years.

It also prompted a major public inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press.

The Times said a further 1,200 people had been in contact with the inquiry, but they are not believed to have been hacked or are not named in the notebooks seized from the private detective Glenn Mulcaire, who was employed by the News of the World.

Thousands more people will be contacted, but it is thought that because of the lack of personal information about them, they are unlikely to have been hacked, the newspaper said.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Operation Weeting has been in contact with or been contacted by 2,037 people, of which in the region of 803 are 'victims', whose names have appeared in the material."

The latest estimate of potential phone-hacking victims is less than previously stated by the inquiry.

In a statement issued in November, the Met Police had said it identified 5,800 potential hacking victims, on the basis of the names found in Mulcaire's notes.

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