July 24 2011

– Scotland Yard detectives confused the phone-hacking file of actress Leslie Ash with the father of one of two schoolgirls murdered by Ian Huntley in a bizarre mix-up.

The embarrassing blunder took place when Miss Ash asked police to disclose all evidence that showed her phone may have been hacked by private detective Glen Mulcaire.

At a meeting at Scotland Yard in January, the Men Behaving Badly actress was ‘horrified’ to be shown notes with the phone number and PIN of the mobile belonging to Leslie Chapman.

Leslie Ash
Leslie Chapman

Confusion: Scotland Yard detectives mistook phone-hacking files of actress Leslie Ash (left) with Leslie Chapman (right) the father of murdered schoolgirl Jessica

His daughter Jessica was murdered in Soham, Cambridgeshire, in 2002.

It appears detectives made the mistake because Miss Ash is married to former footballer Lee Chapman.

Until that point, Scotland Yard had not been aware that Jessica’s father had been one of the possible victims of phone-hacking.

Miss Ash’s solicitor, Charlotte Harris, said she noticed the mistake when she saw that the victim’s address was identified as Soham rather than Fulham, where Mr Chapman and Miss Ash were living.

She said: ‘They [the police] hadn’t realised that the papers also included Leslie Chapman. It was a horrible moment for Leslie, who had no idea that the News of the World were also possibly targeting the families of murdered children.’

The parents of Jessica and Holly Wells, the children murdered by

Ian Huntley, have been contacted by Scotland Yard detectives. It is believed they were warned there was evidence to suggest they were targeted by Mulcaire, the private investigator formerly employed by the paper. Miss Ash and Mr Chapman are suing the News of the World.

Victims: Holly Wells (left) and her best friend, Jessica Chapman (right), both 10, were murdered by Ian Huntley

Victims: Holly Wells (left) and her best friend, Jessica Chapman (right), both 10, were murdered by Ian Huntley

– Robert Verkaik


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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