Submitted in response to written requests from the Inquiry, usually providing lists of questions to be answered. In most cases these formed the basis of questioning in public sessions, but in some cases they were read into the record (or taken as read) and the witness did not appear in person.
Given by witnesses invited by the Inquiry, normally after they have made written statements. These sessions could be viewed live online and sometimes on television news services, and the video recordings are part of the archive. The statements were usually released to the public after the public sessions.
Served as Suffolk’s Chief Constable. Joined police force in 1982 and retired in 2012. He provided evidence on Suffolk police department’s involvement and relationship with the press.
Baggott was Chief Constable of the Leicestershire Constabulary at the time of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, when Leicester police took up a liaison role with their Portuguese counterparts. Gave evidence to Leveson about the intense press speculation around the case and the police effort to contain it. Also gave evidence on the relationship between press and police in Northern Ireland, where he served from 2009 to 2014.
At the time of giving evidence, Baker was Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary having been appointed in 2009. Gave details of his personal experience with the media while carrying out this role, as well as reflecting on the relationship of the Essex Police, where he had been Chief Constable from 2005 to 2009. He kept records of all contacts, he said, and accepted no hospitality beyond tea, coffee or water.
Former senior British police officer and Chief Executive of the College of Policing since January 2018. HM Inspector of Constabulary from 2014-2017. Received Queen's Police Medal in the Queen's 2013 New Year’s Honours. Gave evidence on counter-corruption work including the role of the media.
Andy Hayman was Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary and Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations at London's Metropolitan Police, the highest-ranking officer responsible for counter-terrorism in the UK. He was responsible for the investigation into the 7 July 2005 London bombings and was in charge of the initial inquiry into phone hacking by the News of the World. He was appointed CBE in 2006 for his handling of the investigation into the 7/7 London bombings.
Retired senior Scottish police officer, House was the first Chief Constable of Police Scotland, appointed October 2012. Awarded Queen's Police Medal in 2005 for distinguished service and knighted in 2013 for services to law and order. Gave evidence on procedures and relationship with the press in Strathclyde.
Former Assistant Chief Constable at Surrey Police, Kirkby held an internal investigation into the Surrey Police’s handling of the information accessed by the News of the World, which was obtained by hacking the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
Former Assistant Chief Constable in Devon and Cornwall Police, Middleton worked on local investigations, Major Crime, and Serious and Organised Crime. He gave evidence on Operation Reproof, a police inquiry into corruption at Devon and Cornwall police.
Chief Inspector of Constabulary (May 2009 to July 2012) at the time of giving evidence; previously Chief Constable of Surrey Police (2000-2004) during the investigation into Milly Dowler's death in 2002. Sir Denis told the Inquiry that following an article in The Guardian in July 2009 alleging widespread phone hacking at the News of The World, he had recommended an "independent review" to the Home Office – but reported that there was "no appetite" for this from officials, including then Home Secretary Alan Johnson.
Born 1969. British senior law-enforcement officer. Appointed Director General of the National Crime Agency in April 2016, making her one of the most senior law-enforcement chiefs in Britain. Awarded CBE and QPM for services throughout her extensive career. Answered questions at the Inquiry on her work with the Metropolitan Police Service.
Former Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset police. Gave evidence to Leveson on the reporting of the murder of Jo Yeates, and on the subsequent complaints about the conduct of the police investigation.
John Stevens was Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (head of the Metropolitan Police Service) from 2000 until 2005. From 1991 to 1996, he was Chief Constable of Northumbria Police before being appointed one of HM Inspectors of Constabulary in September 1996. He was then appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Met in 1998 until his promotion to Commissioner in 2000. Told the Inquiry that he had set out to develop a close relationship with the media.
Chief Constable Jonathan Stoddart of Durham Constabulary. Involved in several major crime reviews and investigations throughout his career, including the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham and the murder of a British National in Kenya, and also, for a time, the officer in overall control of Operation Resolve, the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989. Shortly after giving evidence to Leveson Inquiry in 2012, Stoddart resigned, aged 52, on grounds of health.
Former senior police officer with extensive experience of and expertise in policing and public order. Received an OBE and the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service throughout a career which included extensive liaison with press and journalist organisations on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
Vaughan was Chief Constable of South Wales Police at time of Inquiry. Gave evidence on liaison with press and on anti-corruption procedures. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the 2013 New Year’s Honours.