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.
Former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, Akers joined the force in 1976 and retired at the end of 2012, having led Operation Weeting, investigating the News International phone-hacking scandal, and the related Operations Elveden and Tuleta, respectively investigating inappropriate payments to police officers and other public officials and computer hacking. Akers was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 2007 and appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to policing.
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.
Barnett, of Cheshire Police, was president of the Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales at the time of the Inquiry, an elected role which he took up in 2010. Gave testimony on the Association’s guidelines with regard to the press and told the Inquiry that police officers had become more nervous about talking to journalists.
Head of Media and Marketing for British Transport Police from 2006, Bird was asked to testify on the relationship between the Transport Police and the media and on practices concerning CCTV footage.
A police officer for 34 years, Ian Blair served as Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, head of London's Metropolitan Police Service. He testified regarding his personal relationship with the media and as head of the police force. He gave detailed evidence of how relations between the media and police were conducted. Resigned in 2008 and became a peer in 2010. Lord Blair noted that the culture prevailing during his time as Commissioner was very different from the culture at the time of the Inquiry.
Media and Marketing Manager for Durham Constabulary at the time of the Inquiry. Suggested that media training should be included in basic officer training and throughout a police officer’s career.
At the time of the Inquiry, Chair of the Association of Police Authorities and member and of West Yorkshire Police. Burns-Williamson was appointed OBE for services to Community and Policing in the 2012 Honours List.
Head of Corporate Communications, Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies. Campbell is also Chair of APComm, the national representative body of those who work in police-related communications, including the wider law-enforcement agencies. Spoke of the advice that ACPO might give to members – for example, on the appropriate offering and acceptance of hospitality – to media contacts.
Paul Condon joined the police in 1967, becoming Chief Constable of Kent in 1988 and Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in 1993, aged 45, the youngest person to do so at that time, before stepping down in 2000. Answered questions at the Inquiry on his corruption strategy during his time at the Met.
Born 1948. Now retired, Crawford started work in Home Office and moved to the Police Department in 1992. She was appointed Chief Executive of Metropolitan Police Authority in 2000 and presented 37 pieces of evidence to the Inquiry.
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.
Senior police officer, gave evidence to the Inquiry as Assistant Commissioner with the Metropolitan Police Service, and addressed questions of contacts between press and police. In 2017, she became Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in London, the first woman to take charge of the service. She holds The Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to policing.
Detective Chief Inspector, Specialist Crime Department at the Metropolitan Police Service. Following promotion to Detective Chief Inspector in 2003 he became Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) on the Racial and Violent Crime Task Force. Gave evidence to the Inquiry of press “intrusion” when working on Operation Fishpool in the case of the Stephen Lawrence murder.
Sports writer and broadcaster, formerly of the News of the World and Express Newspapers. Gave evidence of his work at the News of the World, and of being unfairly dismissed and awarded just under £800,000 for unfair dismissal after a lengthy period of bullying at that paper. The paper's editor, Andy Coulson, went on to work as communications chief for David Cameron shortly after.
Director of Public Affairs for the Metropolitan Police Service from 1997, Fedorcio resigned from the position in March 2012 after the force opened disciplinary proceedings against him. An inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) into Fedorcio's award of a contract to Neil Wallis, the former deputy editor of the News of the World, found he had a case to answer for gross misconduct. Fedorcio had earlier given evidence to the Inquiry about his connections with News of the World reporters.
Detective Chief Inspector for the Metropolitan Police. Gilmour joined the police in 1991, rising through the ranks investigating Serious Crime. From 2002 to 2005, Gilmour worked on Operation Glade, investigating police corruption. Journalists were interviewed under caution, after evidence suggested they had been commissioning private investigators to obtain information illegally.
Tim Godwin had recently retired as Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service at the time of giving evidence. He joined Met in 1999 from Sussex Police, becoming Temporary Commissioner on two occasions and remaining in post until Bernard Hogan-Howe was appointed in 2011. Gave detailed testimony of meetings with politicians and the media and answered questions on the benefits and disadvantages of closer relations between the police and the media. He described some cooperation with media representatives but stated that he rarely accepted any form of hospitality and that every such event was recorded in his hospitality register.
Tim is editor of the South Wales Echo and the former editor of Wales on Sunday and WalesOnline. He has been a journalist for 25+ years and lives in Cardiff.