Richard Drake introduces us to Andy Hayman, another character in the phone hacking scandal. Hayman was in charge of the first phone hacking investigation. Their Muir Russell, so to speak.
Hayman seems to have been on friendly terms with Neil Wallis; he dined rather chummily with Wallis, then News of the World deputy editor, and Andy Coulson during his “investigation” [here using quotation marks as with the Muir Russell “investigation”] into phone hacking (April 2006). MP Chris Bryant observed reasonably enough:
“A judge sitting in a court case on the newspaper would not be dining with its editors and I don’t see why members of Scotland Yard should have done either.”
Richard Drake’s comment contains a short Wikipedia bio of Andy Hayman, a bio that contains another bizarre coincidence. Between 2002 and 2005, just prior to Hayman’s phone hacking “investigation” in 2006, Hayman was Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary 🙂 rejoining the Met Police in 2006 to look after Counter Terrorism:
In 2002, Hayman was appointed Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary, a role in which he established the county’s Major Investigation Unit, responsible for providing a quick response to serious crime in Norfolk…
Rejoining the Met in February 2005, Hayman left Norfolk to become the Metropolitan Police Service’s Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, a role which placed him in overall charge of counter-terrorism operations conducted by the now defunct Special Branch and the Anti-Terrorist Branch.