01/22/2014 03:29 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Police Defend Raid Of Rebekah Brooks' Home, Court Hears

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Police have defended their dawn raid on Rebekah Brooks's Oxfordshire home at the phone-hacking trial, saying they conduct all searches without "fear of favour".

DI Steve McCabe, an investigating officer with the Metropolitan police's Operation Weeting who set the strategy for the search, told the jury they had opted for the 5am call at the house because they were searching other premises across three counties that day and one of the suspects had the "habit of leaving very early". This person was later identified as Mark Hanna, head of News International's security.

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