Paul Vickers,Legal DirectorTrinity Mirror plcOne Canada SquareCanary Wharf London E14 5APBY FAX TO
020 7293 340524 August, 2011
Dear Mr Vickers,
INTERNAL TRINITY MIRROR INVESTIGATION INTO HACKING & BLAGGING
We understand from press reports that you are leading an internal review into Mirror GroupPhone Hacking and Information Blagging. We have been given some information whichmight assist you in your inquiries and in an endeavour to be helpful we are passing thisinformation on.We have been told that in 2007 a
journalist called David Brown was sacked for"gross misconduct". He had been hacking into the electronic story files of the
to helphim write his own stories and stealing them from the Trinity Mirror plc stable mate.
We are also told Brown took TrinityMirror plcto an industrial tribunal for unfairdismissal. In his submission he alleged that his actions were at the minor rangeof misconduct in the context of routine and systematic hacking of the Beckhamfamily's domestic staff byMirrorGroup journalists – which had the knowledgeof its editors.
Apparently Trinity Mirror's Human Resources manager was also cited as having'stonewalled' on this issue when it was pointed out by Brown in his defence.Weunderstand that on the advice of TrinityMirror plclawyers the unacceptable conductcharge was dropped and a settlement and "Compromise Agreement" was swiftly madebefore the tribunal was held and the accusations made public.During your review you might like to establish why TrinityMirrormounted no furtherinvestigation into these allegations despite both the Information Commissioner and theMetropolitan Police calling on media owners to confess to any hacking.If this proves to be true it will all be very embarrassing for senior executivesatMirrorGroup plc since my understanding is the CEO, Sly Bailey, has direct reporting linesfrom all the editors and cannot credibly claim that she was unaware of the matter. Youyourself may be in a position to cast light on this matter since we believe you were theLegal Director at the time and presumably would have overseen the legal advice. No doubt
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