Ex-police officer says he was paid by News of the World to spy on more than 90 people, including Prince William

Dylan Stableford

A former British police officer says he was paid by News of the World to spy on 90 people, including Prince William, over an eight-year period.

The officer, Derek Webb, told the BBC that he began working for the News International-owned tabloid in 2003 as a private detective. Webb said he did surveillance for the paper until July, when the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal exploded.

"I was working for them extensively on many jobs throughout that time," Webb said. "I never knew when I was going to be required. They [would] phone me up by the day or by the night … it could be anywhere in the country." The surveillance assignments were made by "several"
NOTW journalists, Webb said.

Among Webb's targets: Prince William, Prince Harry's ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy, former British attorney general Lord Goldsmith and the parents of "Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe.

According to London's Guardian, Webb was also paid "to run covert surveillance on two lawyers representing phone-hacking victims in an operation to pressure them to stop their work."

"Ninety-five percent of the job, I was never rumbled, even following them for weeks on end," he said.

Webb added that he decided to speak out after News International failed to pay him for his services.

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