Rebekah Brooks ‘aware her paper was undermining Met’s murder inquiry,’ claims former detective

Ex-chief superintendent, Dave Cook, met with the then News of the World editor in 2002 after re-opening the investigation into the 1987 murder

political correspondent

A former Scotland Yard detective has claimed he held a meeting in 2002 with the former News of the World editor, Rebekah Brooks, and told her a surveillance operation ordered by News International had tried to “undermine” a re-opened murder investigation.

Dave Cook, a former detective chief superintendent, said he had been told the NOTW had been offering assistance to those suspected of the Morgan murder. “They were trying to undermine me and the investigation into the murder of Daniel Morgan, it’s as simple as that,” Mr Cook told the BBC. “I brought this to the attention of Rebekah Brooks. I had the meeting… She chose to do nothing about it.”

Mr Cook had not previously spoken openly about his 2002 meeting with Mrs Brooks, the former chief executive of News International.

He had appeared on the BBC’s Crimewatch in 2002 and announced he was heading a new investigation into the 1987 killing of Daniel Morgan. But shortly after the programme was aired, Mr Cook said he noticed unmarked vans parked outside his London home and discovered the vehicles were leased to Rupert Murdoch’s UK print division. Concerned for his safety, he claims he took his children and drove away in the family car. One of the parked vehicles followed him, he said.

When a photographer was confronted by the police about the surveillance, he claimed to be part of a NOTW “kiss n’ tell” operation trying to find out if Mr Cook was having an affair with a woman called Jacqui Hames.

But Ms Hames was Mr Cook’s wife, the mother of his children and they had lived together for years. The two main suspects of the re-opened murder inquiry were involved with a south London private investigation firm that regularly fed stories and confidential police information to the NOTW.

Daniel Morgan, who was murdered in 1987 Daniel Morgan, who was murdered in 1987 (PA)
Details of the surveillance operation have previously been given to the Leveson Inquiry by Ms Hames, who had been a detective and a presenter on Crimewatch.

Scotland Yard’s 2006 investigation into phone hacking knew that the private investigator used by the NOTW as a specialist hacker, Glenn Mulcaire, had been tasked by the tabloid’s former news editor, Greg Miskiw, to compile a dossier on Mr Cook.

Miskiw was jailed for phone hacking last month. Also last month, Mrs Brooks, her husband Charlie, and her former secretary were all found not guilty of the charges against them following a lengthy trial at the Old Bailey.

Mrs Brooks told a parliamentary committee in 2011 that her recollection of the meeting was that it involved a discussion on a different topic.

The BBC said their reporters tried to contact Mrs Brooks but had so far received no response.

A Home Office-ordered independent review, headed by Baroness Nuala O’Loan, is currently looking into how Mr Morgan’s family were treated by the police and the criminal justice system in the years that followed the 1987 murder.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
SPONSORED FEATURES
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory