Monday 4 July: It emerges Milly Dowler’s parents were told by police that their daughter’s phone may have been hacked by the News of the World in days after she went missing. The Dowlers’ lawyer Mark Lewis said: “The fact that they were prepared to act in such a heinous way that could have jeopardised the police investigation and give them false hope is despicable.”
Tuesday 5 July: As it transpires police also contacted the parents of murdered schoolgirls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells about phone hacking, Channel 4 News Home Affairs Correspondent Andy Davies learns that the News of the World also targeted a Met police detective.
Tuesday 5 July:Rebekah Brooks tells staff she is “shocked and appalled” by phone hacking claims but refuses to resign. Jon Snow asks News International’s Simon Greenberg: who will investigate Rebekah Brooks?
Wednesday 6 July: Andy Davies learns Rebekah Brooks was at a meeting with Met police to discuss concerns that a detective had been put under surveillance by the News of the World.
Thursday 7 July: News International announces the News of the World will be axed and that proceeds from the final edition on 10 July will be donated to charity.
Thursday 7 July: Channel 4’s Dispatches programme obtains exclusive footage of Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the centre of the phone hacking allegations.