Wednesday, October 19, 2011

#Hackgate #Dowler :Phone hacking: Lawyer says hacking 'more widespread'

Mark Lewis with the Dowler family Mark Lewis represents many of those who say their phones were hacked by the News of the World
A lawyer who advised News International has said the company was told in 2008 there were three journalists other than Clive Goodman involved in phone hacking.

Julian Pike told the Commons culture committee he had "not done very much" to dispute the firm's claims that only "one rogue reporter" was involved.

But he insisted he was "not party to any cover-up".

Goodman was jailed in 2007 for hacking phones belonging to royal aides.

Mr Pike, who works for solicitors Farrer and Co, advised News International in its phone-hacking case with the Football Association's Gordon Taylor.

His case is seen as key to the dispute over how widespread hacking was.
Key email

Mr Taylor settled out of court with the News of the World for a reported £425,000.

But an email handed to his lawyers by the police - known as the "For Neville" email - has been at the centre of a disagreement during previous committee hearings.

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There was a powerful case to support [the existence of] a culture of illegal accessing of information”
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When the News of the World's royal editor Clive Goodman was jailed for hacking into phones of the royal household in 2007, the paper insisted the practice was not more widely used.
Mr Pike told the committee the email was a "critical piece of evidence" relating to phone hacking.

"It was quite clear having seen the For Neville email... that there was involvement of News of the World journalists other than Goodman," he said.

The lawyer also said that in 2008, at the time of the Taylor case, the advice given to News International was that there were "three journalists other than Goodman involved in phone hacking".

"They were also advised by counsel and ourselves that there was a powerful case to support [the existence of] a culture of illegal accessing of information to get stories," he added.
'Hush up'

Mr Pike said there was no obligation for him to report to the police that he knew phone hacking was more widespread at the News of the World than the company was claiming.

Asked what he had done to correct those claims, he said, "I'll be honest, I haven't done very much," but added that this did not cause him "any professional embarrassment".

The committee also heard from Mark Lewis, the solicitor who represents many of the alleged victims of phone hacking - including the family of Milly Dowler - and who represented Mr Taylor.

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It was only the Milly Dowler case that exposed everything”
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Mr Lewis said the settlement for Mr Taylor was much higher than would have been expected in a privacy case in which no story was actually published.

He told MPs he believed that was to "hush up" the matter and encourage him not to bring any further claims or make public any further allegations.

"They didn't want it to get out," he said. "They paid my costs in full. They didn't knock a penny off - that's unheard of in litigation."

He added: "The News of the World's stance on all this has moved from one rogue reporter... to trying to present this as something that is about people who have no right to any sympathy - politicians, celebrities, sports people.

"It was only the Milly Dowler case that exposed everything. The lie that was being told by News of the World, but also all the other newspapers. That was really the scandal. It was a cover up by all the newspapers."

Mr Lewis also claimed his own phone had been hacked as recently as 2011.

Legal manager

Committee chairman John Whittingdale said in September he wanted to hear from Mr Pike before recalling News Corp boss James Murdoch to give further evidence.

Former News of the World legal manager Tom Crone has told MPs he is "certain" he informed Mr Murdoch about the For Neville email.

But, Mr Murdoch, who is the European chief executive of News Corporation - the parent company of News International, which owned News of the World before it was closed in July 2011 - has insisted he was never told about it.

Next week, the MPs will hear evidence from News International's former executive chairman Les Hinton.

He will appear via videolink from the United States, where he lives.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15365316

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Amanda (Milly) Dowler Story

Amanda Dowler At Home Ironing

News of the World: How Surrey Police responded to the ‘hacking’ of Milly Dowler

Surrey Police : Missing Schoolgirl - Page Deleted For April 5th 2002 ?

EXCLUSIVE - Police Dialed News Of The World

Senior Surrey Police detectives investigating the disappearance of Milly Dowler held two meetings with journalists from the News of the World and were shown evidence that the newspaper held information taken from the voicemails of the murdered schoolgirl.

An investigation by The Independent which focuses on this crucial period of the phone-hacking scandal reveals that the force subsequently failed to investigate or take action against the News International title.

One of the officers who attended the meetings was Craig Denholm, currently Deputy Chief Constable of Surrey. He was the Detective Chief Superintendent in charge of Operation Ruby, the code name for the investigation launched following the disappearance of the teenager on 21 March 2002.

The Independent has confirmed the identity of the officer, who is still a member of the Surrey force. But his name is being withheld following a claim from his lawyers that revealing his identity could prove "catastrophic" for him and his family because of public anger at the hacking of the schoolgirl's phone.

The extent of the Sunday paper's meddling in the Dowler inquiry raises new questions about how far up the executive ladder at News International knowledge of phone hacking had spread at this early stage, and why Surrey Police decided not to follow up evidence that the NOTW had illegally obtained information relevant to one of the most high-profile inquiries in its history.

The failure to pursue the Sunday tabloid meant that phone hacking by its journalists continued for another four years until Scotland Yard arrested the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and the NOTW royal editor Clive Goodman in August 2006. Both were later jailed. Mark Lewis, the Dowler family's lawyer, said: "Questions have to be asked as to whether Surrey Police were more concerned with selling papers than solving crimes. What was it with them that, when the public dialled 999, the police dialled NOTW?"

The Independent has established that, in April 2002 as police followed multiple leads, the NOTW approached the Surrey force and arranged two meetings during which it was made clear that the paper had obtained information that could only have come from messages on Milly's phone.

The meetings, which took place at a Surrey police station, were attended by at least two journalists from the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper and two of the force's most senior detectives, Mr Denholm and Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Gibson, who had day-to-day control of the inquiry. A third Surrey officer also attended.

Mr Denholm declined to comment on the meetings when approached by The Independent. Mr Gibson, who has retired from the police, could not be reached for comment despite repeated requests made to Surrey Police.

One former Surrey officer said: "The meetings were clearly significant. It was obvious that the newspaper had got hold of details from Milly's phone messages."

The Independent has been told that the minutes of at least one of the meetings feature among up to 300 items of unused evidence submitted for the prosecution of Levi Bellfield, the former bouncer who was convicted this summer of Milly's murder.

The revelation that the NOTW had accessed and then allegedly deleted some of the schoolgirl's voicemails, providing false hope for her family and friends that she was still alive, proved a tipping point in the hacking scandal, forcing the closure of the Sunday tabloid. It emerged last month that NI is near to finalising a £3m settlement with the Dowler family, including a £1m payment to charity made personally by Mr Murdoch.

The contacts between the NOTW and Surrey Police in the early weeks of Operation Ruby are alleged to have begun after the officer under investigation by the IPCC revealed to an individual outside of the inquiry details that were being pursued by the Operation Ruby team. The IPCC is looking at whether the officer gave away confidential material and, if so, whether he received payment for it.

Surrey Police has acknowledged that a detective was removed from the investigation and given "words of advice" – the lowest form of admonition – before being transferred to duties at another police station.

The Independent has established that, prior to the disciplinary action, executives at the NOTW requested the first of two meetings with the officers leading the Dowler inquiry. Mr Gibson – who later left the investigation – and Mr Denholm met the paper's journalists on two occasions within a number of days.

It became clear that the paper had obtained Milly's phone number and accessed her voicemails when the journalists revealed they knew about an apparent offer of a job interview to Milly made on 27 March 2002 at a Midlands factory. Subsequent inquiries by detectives established that the message had been mistakenly left on the schoolgirl's phone.

Despite this knowledge, Mr Denholm and his force appear to have taken a decision not to investigate the evidence of phone hacking.

The Independent has not been told the identity of the journalists who attended the meetings. However, one of them is understood to be a senior newsroom executive. Surrey Police's lack of action may be due to officers on Operation Ruby wanting to avoid being distracted from the task of locating Milly.

Just how the NOTW obtained Milly's phone number remains unclear.

The Independent has been told that the schoolgirl was using an unregistered SIM card, meaning her details could not have been "blagged" from her mobile-phone provider by Mulcaire.

There is also no suggestion that the information could have been provided by her family, leaving only friends and the police as potential sources.

 In a statement, Surrey Police said it was prevented from discussing allegations surrounding the Dowler inquiry because of the ongoing IPCC investigation and Scotland Yard's investigation into phone hacking.

It added: "In 2002, Surrey Police's priority was to find Milly and then find out what had happened to her and to bring her killers to justice. Clearly, there was a huge amount of professional interaction between Surrey Police and the media throughout that time."

Surrey Police said it had taken the decision to refer the conduct of the detective constable involved in the Dowler murder to the IPCC "in order to be open and transparent".

The police watchdog told The Independent its inquiry terms were limited, stating: "The terms of reference ... are specifically in relation to the actions of one detective constable and do not cover whether senior Surrey officers knew about the News of the World hacking Milly Dowler's phone in 2002.

However, if during the course of our investigation ... we uncover any evidence of wrongdoing by anybody else in the force, we would of course deal with that."

The NOTW made little effort to conceal its success in accessing Milly's voicemails from the public.

On 14 April 2002 – within a few days of the meetings with Surrey Police – the paper printed a remarkably candid story in its first edition which detailed three separate voicemails left for the missing schoolgirl between 27 March and 2 April. By this time Bellfield is likely already to have murdered her.

The paper reported a voicemail message from a woman purporting to be from a Midlands employment agency. It concerned a job interview. By the time the later editions of the paper came out the story had been radically altered, removing all direct quotations from the voicemails.

In evidence to MPs this summer, News International identified four people who, it said, had primary responsibility for reviewing articles in April 2002. This was the then editor Rebekah Brooks, the legal manager Tom Crone, the paper's news editor Neville Thurlbeck and the night editor Peter Smith.

It was revealed by The Wall Street Journal in August that Mr Thurlbeck, who has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept voicemails, authorised a stakeout by NOTW journalists of the Epson factory referred to in the 27 March voicemail. Ms Brooks, who resigned as NI chief executive in July, has said she was on holiday when the 14 April story was published.

Crone suggested to the Commons Media Select Committee this summer that the changes to the article between editions could have been made because the details of the voicemails were supplied by Surrey Police officers who then changed their minds about the extent of the disclosures when they saw the first

The Independent understands that NI has identified the journalist who commissioned Mulcaire to target Milly's voicemails, but his or her name is being withheld for legal reasons.

 In a statement, a News International spokesperson said: "We are unable to comment on any of the detail in the case. We continue to co-operate fully with the police."

Tom Watson, the Labour MP on the Commons committee investigating phone hacking, said The Independent's investigation pointed to one unanswered question: "Who knew at News International?"

Under scrutiny: The officers who knew

Stuart Gibson

As a Detective Chief Inspector, Mr Gibson was in charge of the hunt for Milly Dowler, responsible for co-ordinating the inquiry into a number of leads and theories about her disappearance.

Craig Denholm

As Deputy Chief Constable he found himself in overall charge of one of the biggest inquiries in Surrey's history when the 13-year-old vanished.

Timeline: Dowler case

21 March 2002 Milly Dowler vanishes.

27 March A mystery caller leaves a message apparently inviting Milly to a job interview in the Midlands.

Early April The News of the World requests meetings with officers on the case, at which it becomes clear that the newspaper has information from voicemails on Milly's phone. A detective is taken off the case after claims that he disclosed confidential information to a friend ("not a journalist") outside the force.

14 April In its first edition, the NOTW details three voicemails left on Milly's phone, including the message about the job interview. In later editions the details are removed.

20 September Milly's remains are found in woodland in Hampshire.

30 March 2010 Levi Bellfield accused of Milly's murder.

4 July 2011 A fortnight after Bellfield is convicted, The Guardian reveals that Milly's voicemails were hacked by the NOTW. After an outcry the title is closed.

12 August 2011 The Independent Police Complaints Commission announces an investigation into the suspended detective's actions.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/exclusive-new-hacking-shame-2370387.html

Surrey Police : Names Of Police Officers Involved In The Murder Case.

Detective Chief Inspector Maria Woodall, the senior investigating officer, said: “Surrey Police will relentlessly pursue the person, or people, responsible for Milly’s abduction and killing.

Mr Craig Denholm and Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Gibson, who had day-to-day control of the inquiry.

North Surrey Superintendent Alan Sharp said: “We are making this fresh appeal for friends and classmates to tell us about any conversations or secrets they shared with Amanda in the hope that it may provide the vital clue which will solve the mystery of her disappearance.”

Surrey Police makes new appeal in hunt for missing schoolgirl Amanda Dowler

Submitted: 12/09/2002 15:34:14

Surrey Police are making a fresh appeal for the public to help with their enquiries following the release of new CCTV footage from the location Amanda (Milly) Dowler was last seen on 21 March 2002.
 
Click here to view images and for a printable poster
 
The footage, released today, shows a dark coloured saloon driving down Station Avenue towards Walton train station. The car stops by the kerbside and a pedestrian appears to be talking to the driver of the car. This sequence of event takes place at approximately 4.15pm, just minutes after the last sighting of Milly.
 
Surrey Police are requesting the driver of the car and the pedestrian to contact them as they may have valuable information to help the enquiry. They are also interested in talking to anyone who may have entered or left Walton station car park on 21 March between approximately 4.05pm and 4.20pm.
 
Surrey Police need to eliminate the possibility that the pedestrian talking to the driver of the car could be Milly. The last sighting of Milly was at 4.08pm by a school colleague waiting to catch the bus. If the pedestrian is Milly then it throws up many more questions such as why did Milly retrace her steps and did she know the person in the car?
 
 
Extensive work has been undertaken to analyse Milly’s mobile phone and computer usage and there is nothing to indicate she had planned to meet anyone that afternoon.
 
 
Detectives believe the most likely scenario is that Milly was the victim of chance abductor. This would be an extremely rare event and no incidents have been identified either before Milly went missing or subsequently, that clearly link.
 
The disappearance of Milly is a very unusual case for police, with no witness, no body, no scene and no significant suspect on which to focus investigations. We have done a considerable amount of work, and employed many experts. Over 350 sites have been searched in the hunt for Milly, including over 50 kilometres of water. Around 1,850 statements have been taken and house to house enquiries have been conducted at more than 3,500 premises.
 
The CCTV footage from a nearby business premises has been constantly examined and re-examined and has been crucial to the investigation. This footage is a key piece of evidence showing what was going on in the road at that time, although the quality of it is variable. This CCTV tape has been sent to five leading specialist laboratories in the UK before sending it to the FBI. Following extensive and painstaking work the FBI has improved the quality of the tape enough to reveal these new images.
 
Detective Chief Superintendent Craig Denholm, the officer in charge of the investigation, said:

“This has been a complex and unique enquiry. We remain committed to establishing what has happened to Milly. We have received a high level of public support throughout and are once again asking for their help in solving this mystery. I appeal to those people on the CCTV footage or anyone who may have seen them on 21 March to contact us on

http://www.surrey.police.uk/media/news_item.asp?area=12&itemID=1920

Milly's Parents Told Expect The Worst - June 22nd, 2002

Amanda Dowler at home
Milly Dowler has been missing since 21 March
The parents of missing Surrey teenager Amanda Dowler have been told by police that the 13-year-old is probably dead.
 
Amanda, also known as Milly, has not been seen since 21 March when she disappeared walking home in Walton-on-Thames.
 
A police spokeswoman said her parents "have been told to expect the worst".
 
The investigation into the teenager's disappearance was discussed at a top level meeting of detectives at the National Crime Operations Faculty in Hampshire earlier in the week.
 
Amanda Dowler
Amanda's parents' agonising wait continues
The spokeswoman for Surrey Police said: "There has been no actual evidence to suggest that Amanda is either dead or alive.
 
"But as time has gone on it has become less likely that she is alive and we have become more concerned."
 
Amanda's parents, Bob and Sally Dowler, have been assured that police remain "fully committed" to the investigation.
 
Detectives have been discussing possible links with the cases of two other women - Lola Shenkoya, 27, and 19-year-old Elizabeth Chau - who disappeared in the Ealing area.
 
Most recently, a 52-year-old man from Middlesex was questioned about Amanda Dowler but later released.
 
One national newspaper has offered £100,000 for information about the missing schoolgirl.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/2059701.stm

Parents Texting Milly's Mobile - June 25th 2002

Retrospect, they say is a good thing BUT not for Milly's parents....texting her mobile with the knowledge they now have that not only an appalling British media,  but the police they trusted to find their daughter had betrayed them !
Milly Dowler (left) and her sister Gemma on holiday
Milly's mobile phone has not been recovered

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/2063326.stm

The parents of Amanda Dowler have been sending text messages to her mobile phone since she disappeared, it has been revealed.
Bob Dowler, 50 and Sally, 42, said on Tuesday - Amanda's 14th birthday - they were continuing to hope they will receive a reply, despite the fact the phone has not been found.
 
Amanda - also known as Milly - would have been celebrating her birthday with a pool party or barbecue and her parents were planning to buy her a digital camera.
 
The teenager vanished in March while walking home from the train station in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
 
Milly's last movements

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Police have warned the couple there is little chance of finding her alive.
 
The couple said in a statement: "We usually celebrate Milly's birthday with something like a pool party - we have a 12-feet splash pool that we put up in the garden and have a barbecue, with a dozen or so of her friends.
 
"She usually does something like that for her birthday. Maybe this year she'd have wanted a karaoke party.
 
"Milly really loves her karaoke - we'd probably have bought her karaoke tapes for her birthday. She loves all the usual teenage stuff."
 
Mrs Dowler said she has sent Milly text messages on her mobile phone, which has never been found.
 
'We're struggling'
 
"I find it really hard every time I buy something for Gemma - it's a horrible feeling, because I should also be getting something for Milly."
 
The couple said they never imagined Milly, who has a 16-year-old sister Gemma, could disappear without trace for so long, but they were "touched" by people's reactions.
 
Amanda Dowler
Milly on her fourth birthday
"We're struggling to fill the days. We try to set ourselves a project but it's hard to remain motivated - we end up just going through the motions.
"But we have to try to hold it together for Gemma. She gets very upset when she sees us upset, and wants us to keep positive and brave.
 
"There are so many things we miss - especially her playing her saxophone. The lack of noise is very noticeable - the house is so very, very quiet now."
 
Superintendent Alan Sharp, of Surrey Police, said: "Our thoughts are with Amanda's family, particularly at this very difficult time.
 
£100,000 reward
 
"We offer them every sympathy and continue to put all our efforts into finding Amanda."
 
The Dowlers have also given permission for Surrey police to release a new home video of Amanda in an attempt to yield more clues about her disappearance.
 
Police have found no trace of Milly despite a massive search, more than 300,000 calls from members of the public and a £100,000 reward line.
 
A 52-year-old man from Ashford, Middlesex, was arrested in June in connection with Milly's disappearance.

£100,000 reward 'to find Milly' - May 4th 2002

The SUN Murdochs gutter rag offered a reward !

The words from Chief Constable Dennis O'Connor 'There Is Someone Out There Who Knows Something They Are Not Telling Us'....WELL! It certainly was'nt the fact Milly's phone had been hacked we now know they KNEW that and chose to ignore it !


Amanda Dowler
Police believe someone may be holding back


A newspaper has offered a £100,000 reward for information which results in finding missing schoolgirl Amanda Dowler.
Surrey Police hope the reward - offered by The Sun - will prompt people to come forward with vital clues to the 13-year-old's disappearance.
 
Amanda, known as Milly, vanished six weeks ago on her journey from school to her home in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
 

There is someone out there who knows something that they are not telling us
Chief Constable Denis O'Connor
Police increasingly believe she is more likely to have run off with, or been kidnapped by, someone she knew, than to have been abducted in the street.
Superintendent Alan Sharp said: "We have spoken to many people but we believe they may be holding something back about Milly.
 
"There may be secrets about Milly or her life - we need to know what these secrets are."
 
Chief Constable Denis O'Connor said: "We think that there is someone out there who knows something that they are not telling us.
 
"We sincerely hope that this fresh approach will spark someone to tell us any secrets about Milly that they know."
 

Milly's last movements
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The Sun's editor David Yelland said: "Somebody knows where Milly is and we hope this reward will persuade them to call Surrey Police with that vital piece of information.
 
"We want to do anything we can to help bring Milly back to where she belongs with her parents."
 
Police believe Amanda's school friends may hold a clue about her disappearance.
 
On Friday officers visited fellow pupils asking them to tell of any secrets she may have told them.
 

We need to know any secrets that various friends and groups keep - we need to know everything
Inspector Dave Hollingsworth
Inspector Dave Hollingsworth addressed the morning assembly at Heathside School in Weybridge, where Amanda was a pupil.
Mr Hollingsworth told pupils: "We want to know about your private thoughts and conversations with Amanda.
 
"These might be conversations in or out of school, over internet chatrooms, or text messages.
 
"We need to know any secrets that various friends and groups keep. We need to know everything."
 
He reminded pupils of the unconfirmed sightings of Amanda the day she went missing on 21 March.
 
These sightings include reports of a girl seen in Walton talking to a man near a car, a girl seen near a transit van and also a schoolgirl seen crying.
 
Purse ruled out
 
He said officers would be interviewing new witnesses and re-interviewing people.
 
Inspector Dave Hollingsworth talks to pupils
Police visited Amanda's school
Mr Sharp told BBC News: "Friends of Amanda have been extremely helpful and honest but there still maybe something that for whatever reason, they have been withholding."
Surrey Police said later that a purse found in the hunt for Amanda did not belong to the teenager.
 
The purse found by a woman in Walton-on-Thames was said to be similar to the white purse with a red heart that Amanda was carrying when she vanished.
 
It was shown to her family a few weeks ago but they said they did not think it was hers, and police said forensic tests had later confirmed that.
 
It was the second similar purse, from Clare's Accessories, to be given to detectives.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1967406.stm

Amanda's Family Anguish Goes On - April 24th 2002

The year 2002,  for many ,  a long time ago, only by reliving the Dowler's darkest days can one begin to understand the anguish and pain they felt. The horror of losing a daughter, a nightmare from which you never wake !


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1947593.stm


Amanda Dowler sitting on her bed
A body in the Thames was not that of Amanda Dowler
The parents of missing teenager Amanda Dowler continue to wait for news after being told a body found in the Thames was not their daughter.
Police said Sally and Robert Dowler had been through an "emotional rollercoaster" since the body was discovered just two miles from their Walton-on Thames home on Tuesday.
 
A statement on behalf of the Dowlers and their elder daughter Gemma said: "This has been an extremely upsetting five weeks and in particular, a difficult 24 hours.
 
Police pull the body of Maisie Thomas from the Thames
The body of Maisie Thomas was spotted on Tuesday
"Yesterday afternoon Surrey police liaison officers notified us that there had been a female body found near Sunbury Lock.
"We prepared ourselves for the worst and waited for more information. In the early hours of this morning we were updated and told that the body may not be Milly and this was confirmed later."
 
Surrey Police confirmed later that the body was that of 73-year-old Maisie Thomas.
 
She went missing from Shepperton after going out for an early morning walk near the Thames on 14 March 2001.
 
Detectives say there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death, and her next of kin have been informed.
 
Still hope for Milly
 
Police said they remained committed to finding 13-year-old Amanda - also known as Milly - who vanished last month on her way home from school.
 
Superintendent Alan Sharp dismissed media criticism of the investigation.
 
Mr Sharp stressed "the scale and commitment of this inquiry, the dedication of the officers involved in it, and the thoroughness of our work."
 
Police search wasteland for Milly Dowler clues
The search for the 13-year-old goes on
He said: "We are still treating Amanda as a missing person and will continue to do so until we have evidence to suggest otherwise.
"We are not treating this as a murder investigation, but in resourcing terms we have more officers working on the Milly case than most forces would deploy on a murder investigation.
 
"Throughout this investigation we have been painstakingly thorough."
 
Meanwhile, a team of search specialists conducted a finger tip search of a large landfill site in Walton-on-Thames.
 
False alarms
 
It is the second time the Dowlers have endured a body being found by police searching for her.
Three days after Amanda's disappearance, police found the body of a man on the railway line at nearby Hersham railway station.
 
Fears were raised on another occasion when divers were called to a stretch of water after two youngsters reported seeing a body from a train. It was later established it was a jacket.
 
Amanda was last seen on 21 March walking home from the railway station at nearby Walton-on-Thames.
 
After sharing a plate of chips with a friend, she phoned her father, Robert, to say she was heading home but never arrived.
 
There are fears she was abducted or had gone off with somebody she knew.

Payne Police Help In Amanda Hunt - March 30th 2002

Detectives from the Sarah Payne investigation helped in the search for Amanda. Sara Payne ,Sarah's mother,  we have since learnt also had her phone hacked...a phone that was targeted, a phone given to her by what Sara thought was her good friend Rebekah Brooks !


Police at Amanda's house in Walton, Surrey
Police are keeping "a completely open mind"

Detectives from the Sarah Payne investigation are helping in the hunt for missing schoolgirl Amanda Dowler.
The development comes as forensic officers finished their painstaking search of Amanda's family home in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
 
The 13-year-old, known as Milly, disappeared on Thursday last week as she walked from the railway station near her house.
 
Amanda Dowler
Amanda disappeared nine days ago
Sarah Payne was abducted and murdered in Sussex in July 2000.
 
Her mother Sara, who lives in Hersham near Walton, said the community was ready to help in any way possible.
 
The eight-year-old's disappearance prompted a search and nationwide appeal similar to the one on television screens this week for Milly.
 
In the Walton area, almost every shop, pub and business has posters up and local people are still distributing leaflets and putting up new appeals.
 
Mrs Payne said: "It's very important to keep it going, to keep it in the public's mind.
 
Pop appeal
 
"But we'll do anything to help in this town, just tell us what it is that needs doing and we'll do it."
 
She added that during the hunt for her daughter, police officers who worked on the Josie Russell case had helped out.
 
Pop idol winner Will Young made an appeal to Amanda to get in touch with her family, before he appeared on stage at Sheffield Arena on Friday evening.
 
Milly's last movements
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A Surrey Police spokeswoman said Amanda was a huge fan of the Pop Idol programme, and had attended a concert featuring the finalists on the Tuesday before she went missing.
 
Police have confirmed that a white purse found near where Amanda had disappeared did not belong to her.
 
The purse was discovered by a member of the public and reported to Crimewatch, but the schoolgirl's parents had ruled it out as a clue.
 
The BBC One programme screened a reconstruction of Amanda's last known movements which has led to more than 325 phone calls.
 
BBC correspondent Clarence Mitchell says police investigating her disappearance are keeping "a completely open mind".
 
He says they "still do not know how or why she disappeared".

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1901520.stm

TV Appeal For Missing Amanda March 28th 2002

The appeal went out for missing Amanda Dowler as Murdochs criminals continued to hack into Milly's voicemail ..giving hope to her parents she may still be alive ! The irony, the 'police' urged the public to lookout for Milly's phone , the one they were well aware was being hacked !


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1898017.stm


Reconstruction, actress playing Amanda Dowler is in centre
The reconstruction showed Amanda's route home
A reconstruction of the last known movements of missing schoolgirl Amanda Dowler has been screened on television exactly a week after she disappeared.
Police hope the live BBC One Crimewatch programme might have jogged the memory of anyone who saw the 13-year-old on her way home from school last Thursday afternoon.
 
While her parents were travelling to the programme, police carried out what they described as a "routine" search at the family home.
 
Amanda has not been seen since walking the short distance home from the train station in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, and there are growing fears that she has been abducted.
 
Amanda Dowler
There has been no sign of Amanda for a week
On Crimewatch, presenter Nick Ross, who has been to the scene of the reconstruction, said: "We would obviously prefer that she had run away from home, and we [were] making a direct appeal to her just on the off-chance that she did.
"We've just got to keep our fingers crossed. It does seem pretty improbable though."
Up to 40 officers are manning the phone lines for the Crimewatch programme.
 
Superintendant Alan Sharp said the response from the public had been enormous, with more than 1,000 calls even before Crimewatch - but he said no strong leads had come from the calls.
 
'Possible clues'
 
As Amanda's parents Bob, 50, and Sally, 42, travelled to London for the Crimewatch programme, police carried out what they described as an "absolutely routine" inch-by-inch search of their home and garden.
 
Superintendent Sharp said the search was to try to find more clues as to where or why Amanda - known as "Milly" - had disappeared, and stressed none of the family were suspects.
 
"It remains the most fertile ground for possible clues as to where Amanda may be or why she has disappeared," he said.
 
He said more than 20 officers were sifting through documents and other items that may give some clue to Amanda's whereabouts.
 
'Birthday present'
 
"It may be that something that was insignificant last time is now significant," he added.
 
Police also handed out leaflets at Walton Railway Station on Thursday, stressing that they were depending on the public to come forward with information.
 
Thursday was also Mrs Dowler's 43rd birthday, for which she had said there could be "only one present - to have Milly back".
 
On Wednesday, Mrs Dowler broke down in tears as she explained how they were coming to believe Amanda had been abducted.
 
Milly's last movements
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Mr Sharp said detectives were still keeping an open mind as to why she had disappeared and did not necessarily think that she had been kidnapped.
 
But he said the theory that Amanda might have run off with a "mystery boyfriend" was "spurious".
 
More than 50 officers spent Wednesday searching residents' gardens lining Amanda's route home, checking sewers and extending a detailed search of a large field near Hersham, where the teenager likes walking.
 
Personal items
 
A police helicopter took high-resolution aerial pictures of the area which officers are examining to pinpoint where to search next.
 
The public were urged to be on the lookout for personal items of Amanda's which may have been abandoned.
 
They include a Nokia 3210 mobile phone with a silver face and blue back with 'Milly' written on it.
 
She was also carrying a beige rucksack, a pencil case and a white plastic purse with a small red heart in the corner.
 
Amanda was wearing a silver necklace, a pendant with a fairy on it and two silver rings, and kept with her a black plastic hair scrunchy.

Amanda Not Taken By Force - March 30th 2002

Reading the articles from 2002 brings home Milly's disappearance and the despair and torment coming from her family...knowing this...think now of the horror and the kind of person Murdoch IS, Brooks in particular and how no amount of Murdochs dirty filthy money can repair the damage his criminal organization has caused to the Dowler family !

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1902331.stm

Amanda Dowler (left) with her family
Amanda Dowler (left) went missing nine days ago
Detectives hunting for missing schoolgirl Amanda Dowler say she may have disappeared with someone she knew.
Superintendent Alan Sharp of Surrey Police said officers were considering the possibility, as they had received no reports of a struggle in the area where the 13-year-old disappeared.
He added the teenager may also have gone missing of her own free will, and admitted that police still had no suspects in their investigation.
 
Supt Alan Sharp
Superintendent Alan Sharp: "No reports of a struggle"
Amanda, known as Milly, disappeared on Thursday last week as she walked from the railway station near her house in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
On Saturday, Mr Sharp renewed his appeal to Amanda to get in touch with her parents Bob and Sally.
There had been a number of apparent sightings of her, but none had been confirmed.
 
He told reporters that calls detectives had received "have led us to conclude it is much more likely Amanda has gone with someone she knows than she has been taken by force and abducted off the street".
 
CCTV footage
 
"A 13-year-old girl is unlikely not to put up a struggle if she is being taken against her will."
Earlier on Saturday forensic officers finished their painstaking search of the family home.
Mr Sharp again stressed that Amanda's parents and relatives were not suspects, nor were builders who had been working on a conservatory at their home.
 
Milly's last movements

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Police had taken a number of items from the property to try to "build up a picture of what sort of girl Amanda is and what sort of friends she has," he said.
 
Examination of fresh CCTV footage, attempts to trace Amanda's mobile phone and house-to-house inquiries had so far drawn a blank, he said.
 
"We are still not very much further forward than we were despite the appeals," he said.
Meanwhile, officers from the Sarah Payne investigation have joined the team of 100 hunting for Amanda.
 
Sarah Payne was abducted and murdered in Sussex in July 2000.
 
The eight-year-old's disappearance prompted an investigation and nationwide appeal similar to the one on television screens this week for Milly.
 
Her mother Sara, who lives in Hersham near Walton, is helping in the search for Amanda and vowed to do "anything" to assist.
 
Pop appeal
 
In the Walton area, almost every shop, pub and business has posters up and local people are still distributing leaflets and putting up new appeals.
 
Before he appeared on stage at Sheffield Arena on Friday, pop idol winner Will Young made an appeal to Amanda - a huge fan - to get in touch with her family.
 
Police have confirmed that a white purse found near where Amanda had disappeared did not belong to her.
 
The purse was discovered by a member of the public and reported to Crimewatch, but the schoolgirl's parents had ruled it out as a clue.
 
The BBC One programme screened a reconstruction of Amanda's last known movements which has led to more than 325 phone calls.