Two men face charges for stealing mobile phone from Mitcham and Morden MP


MP Siobhain McDonagh had her phone stolen from her car in 2010.


By Hannah Pupkewitz

A Sun reporter and a man from Twickenham both face charges linked to the 2010 mobile phone theft of Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh.

Chief foreign correspondent for the Sun, Nick Parker, is accused of receiving stolen goods and of unauthorized access to computer materials. Michael Ankers, 29, faces one count of theft.

Labour MP Ms McDonagh, who has represented both boroughs since 1997, had her mobile stolen from her car on October 17, 2010 in Colliers Wood.

“The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Nick Parker with one offence of receiving stolen goods and one offence of unauthorised access to computer material,” said Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the CPS.

 “We have also authorised the police to charge Michael Ankers, 29, from south west London, with theft.”

It is s believed that Mr Parker is accused of dishonestly receiving the phone from Mr Ankers between October 17 and 21, 2010.

Both men will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on November 6. There was insufficient evidence to charge another suspect in relation to the case. Mr Parker and Mr Ankers have been charged under Operation Tuleta, Scotland Yard’s investigation into computer hacking and other privacy breaches.

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