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Yates quits Met amid hacking row, follows Commiss. Sir Paul Stephenson

LONDON – Met Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates has resigned as the phone-hacking scandal fall-out continues, BBC informs.

He checked the credentials of Neil Wallis before the Met employed the ex-News of the World executive, arrested last week over hacking allegations. Mr Yates indicated his intention to resign to the chairman of the Met Police Authority, which was accepted.

Mr Yates’s decison to quit comes after Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson resigned on Sunday.

The resignation of Sir Paul, the most senior policeman in Britain, came after he faced criticism for the recruitment of Mr Wallis as a PR consultant. Mr Wallis, a former NoW deputy editor, was arrested and released on bail on Thursday on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications.

Mr Yates’s resignation came after he was informed he would be suspended pending an inquiry into his relationship with Mr Wallis.

The officer had been confronted with new information about the friendship between the two men, sources told BBC political editor Nick Robinson. Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s spokesman said Mr Yates’s decision to resign was “regrettable, but the right call”.

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