Westminster Confidential

David Hencke comments: Given the timing, this is a fascinating insight. It also shows that Rebekah Brooks was not a loved figure by some in the outside world and more than worried about security.

By Martin Hickman

News International’s head of security Mark Hanna told a colleague he had “burnt stuff” in his back garden around the time of the closure of the News of the World, the hacking trial heard today.

Robert Hernandez, a security officer at News International’s HQ at Wapping, told the Old Bailey his boss made the remark in a pub after the final printing of the Sunday tabloid on 9 July 2011.

Mr Hernandez said: “He mentioned one time that he dug a hole in his garden and burnt stuff.”

With NI’s former chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie, Mr Hanna is accused of hiding evidence from Metropolitan Police detectives investigating phone hacking.

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