New Scotland Yard figure investigated over hacking

London police say they have asked a watchdog to investigate the head of Scotland Yard public affairs over the phone-hacking scandal.

The force says it wants the Independent Police Complaints Commission to look at Dick Fedorcio's role in hiring a former News of the World executive as an adviser to the police. He is the fifth senior police official being investigated.

Fedorcio is also being questioned today by U.K. lawmakers in a public hearing on the hacking scandal.

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LONDON (AP) — A spokesman for Rebekah Brooks says police have taken possession of a bag containing a laptop and papers that belong to her husband, former racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks.

But David Wilson adds that the bag did not contain anything related to the phone hacking scandal and he expected the police to return it to them soon.

The bag was found dumped in a car park near the Brooks home on Monday, but it was unclear how exactly it got there. Wilson said Tuesday a friend of Charlie Brooks had meant to drop the bag off, but he would say only he left it in the "wrong place."

Police refused to comment on the matter.