Portsmouth South MP believes his phone may have been hacked for up to six years

111988-192_MIKE_HANCOCK_SR_1/6/11'Mike Hancock MP, member for Portsmouth South, who has been at the heart of Portsmouth's political life for the past 40 years.''Picture:Steve Reid 111988-192

111988-192_MIKE_HANCOCK_SR_1/6/11'Mike Hancock MP, member for Portsmouth South, who has been at the heart of Portsmouth's political life for the past 40 years.''Picture:Steve Reid 111988-192

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MP MIKE Hancock’s phone may have been hacked for six years, according to police.

The Portsmouth South MP this week visited the Putney HQ of Operation Weeting, which is investigating the scale of phone hacking by national newspaper journalists.

He was asked to view documents which appear to show the News of the World accessed his phone between 2004 and 2010.

He said: ‘It was shocking. There were thousands of bits of paper, many with my name scrawled on them.

‘The officers asked me for information about what I was doing at the times the documents appear to have been written, but it’s very hard, as it goes back to 2004.

‘The latest of them seems to have been about a year ago.’

Police running the investigation have told Mr Hancock it’s possible his calls were recorded several times over the entire six-year period.

Mr Hancock said: ‘It’s a horrible feeling.

‘To think people were not just checking numbers I’d called, or even listening to things I’d said, but recording them and playing them back. Of course, we don’t know for certain that they did, but it appears so and police are now investigating further. I’ll certainly help them any way I can.’

The police operation began in the summer, after the revelation the paper may have hacked into the phones of thousands of celebrities and politicians.

The News of the World was shut down when the scandal broke, and Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications chief Andy Coulson, who edited the newspaper when the hacking is alleged to have taken place, lost his job after he was arrested.

But Mr Hancock said he believed there may be further newspapers ‘named and shamed’ as police investigations continue.

He said: ‘I have been asked whether I’m willing to be contacted by police working on another investigation, looking at other newspapers were hacking, too.

‘I don’t know which ones, but I said of course I will help however I can.

‘It’s disgusting. It’s a breach of privacy, to which everyone is entitled.

‘It must be so much worse for those who lost relatives and had their private conversations listened to.

‘Those are the people I feel most sorry for.’

The Portsmouth MP has been a controversial figure throughout almost all his 14-year Parliamentary career, facing allegations about his personal life which have featured in the tabloid press.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan police said the force would not ‘provide a running commentary’ of the investigation.

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