Royal phone hacking scandal: 'All newspapers' are implicated

A new Scotland Yard investigation shows more evidence that widespread voicemail hacking occured, potentially implicating 'all' newspapers, according to the former UK deputy prime minister.

Scotland Yard, home of the Metropolitan Police Service, is conducting a fresh investigation into the Royal phone hacking scandal which began formally in 2006.

New evidence shows that some of those advised that they were not subject to phone hacking during the initial investigation may have retrospectively fallen victim, according to Scotland Yard.

Lord Prescott, former deputy prime minister, who was previously told that his phone was not hacked has since told the Guardian that not only was he 'involved' but also the phone hacking was more widespread than first thought.

It also appears that Scotland Yard told Lord Prescott that "all newspapers" were implicated.

Though only Murdoch owned newspaper News of the World has been implicated so far, it is alleged that journalists from another News International owned newspaper have intercepted messages belonging to a major public sector union.

It is now being questioned as to why certain journalists were pursued and others were not, suggesting that journalists were more powerful than the politicians who may have been able to seek out the truth. Questions are also being asked as to the effectiveness of the initial inquiry into alleged phone hacking.