Scotland Yard Top Officials Resign

London’s Metropolitan Police has lost its top two officials in less than a day after Scotland Yard chief Paul Stephenson and Assistant Commissioner John Yates stepped down one after the other as the News of the World phone hacking scandal that caused the closure of the Rupert Murdoch publication continues to widen.

Stephenson and Yates’s resignations came as new investigations suggest that some police officials may have been involved in corruption activities to cover up allegations that journalists from Murdoch’s News of the World hacked phones of several thousand people, including celebrities, politicians, and families of crime victims, among others. Yates had stopped the investigation two years ago, saying back then that there was no new evidence that tabloid journalists were involved in phone-hacking activities. However, new investigators had said that they have found some 3,700 people who may have been victims of News of the World’s phone-hacking activities.

The scandal has put enormous pressure on the government of Prime Minister David Cameron, who called for an emergency on Monday following the Scotland Yard resignations.