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London police chief quits over hacking ties

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FILE - Former Chief executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks leaves a hotel in central London, in this Sunday, July 10, 2011 file photo.  Sky television sources reported on Sunday July 17 2011 that Brookes had been arrested by police investigating a phone hacking and corruption scandal that has engulfed Rupert Murdoch's British media company. Scotland Yard confirmed that a 43 year old woman had been arrested. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, file)
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LONDON (AP) — London's police chief has quit over his links to a former News of the World editor caught up in the phone hacking scandal.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Paul Stephenson denies any wrongdoing.

Stephenson has been criticized for hiring Neil Wallis, a former News of the World executive editor arrested last week in the scandal, as a part-time PR consultant for a year until September 2010.

He said he did not make the decision to hire Wallis, and had no knowledge of Wallis's links to phone hacking.

"I will not lose any sleep over my personal integrity," he said.

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LONDON (AP) — London's police chief has quit over his links to a former News of the World editor caught up in the phone hacking scandal.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Paul Stephenson denies any wrongdoing.

Stephenson has been criticized for hiring Neil Wallis, a former News of the World executive editor arrested last week in the scandal, as a part-time PR consultant for a year until September 2010.

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