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CNN’s Piers Morgan Questioned by U.K. Cops in Hacking Probe

Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Piers Morgan, the former editor of Trinity Mirror Plc’s Daily Mirror, was interviewed in December at a London police station in connection with a probe into the interception voice mails by journalists.

Morgan, who now works at CNN, spoke to officers in the Operation Weeting task force looking at allegations of phone hacking by journalists. He was interviewed “under caution,” police said, which means anything said can be used at a criminal trial.

“I was asked to attend an interview by officers from Operation Weeting when I was next in the U.K.,” Morgan said in a statement provided by Meghan McPartland, a spokeswoman. “This was further to a full witness statement I had already freely provided. I attended that interview as requested.”

News Corp. newspapers were the initial focus of wide-ranging police investigations over the past three years that uncovered allegations of phone hacking and bribery. Trinity Mirror tabloids were pulled into the U.K. scandals in March when police arrested four journalists linked to the newspaper.

Morgan, who was editor of the Daily Mirror between 1995 and 2004, told an ethics inquiry in 2011 triggered by the News Corp. scandal that phone hacking didn’t take place at the newspaper while he was there.

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The inquiry heard evidence that Morgan had been played a recording of a phone message left by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney for his former wife, Heather Mills. Morgan declined today to say who played the message for him.

London police said in response to a question about Morgan that it interviewed a 48-year-old journalist in relation to the probe.

“He was interviewed by appointment at a south London police station,” the Metropolitan Police Service said. “He was not arrested.”

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, former editors of News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid, the U.K. unit’s former Chief Executive Officer, is one of seven people currently on trial at a London court facing voice mail and bribery charges.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeremy Hodges in London at jhodges17@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net

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