The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating claims that a Surrey Police officer gave information about the Milly Dowler murder probe to the News of the World.
It had received a voluntary referral from the force about an allegation that an officer gave information to the newspaper in relation to the investigation into Milly’s murder in 2002, and a decision had been made to investigate independently.
It said in a statement: “The IPCC has received a voluntary referral from Surrey Police regarding information they received alleging that a Surrey officer gave information to The News of the World in relation to the investigation into Milly Dowler’s murder in 2002.
“A decision has been made that the IPCC will independently investigate.
“An IPCC Deputy Senior Investigator has been over at Surrey Police this morning to get more information about the case and will be writing to the Dowlers’ solicitor at the family’s request.
“Until we have shared further detail with him it would not be appropriate for us to make it public.”