Scotland Yard detectives are re-examining whether a series of high-profile individuals and celebrities were victims of phone hacking after fresh evidence emerged.
Senior officers said analysis of documents seized in 2005 alongside new information has led them to take a second look at whether some people may have fallen victim to the intrusive scam.
They admitted the individuals concerned were originally told there was “little or no” information held by police that they had been caught up in the newspaper scandal.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said although there remains no evidence their voice mails were hacked this is now an “important and immediate” new line of inquiry for investigators.
The spokesman added that police are taking “urgent steps” to contact potential victims and warn them of the new development.
He said: “Having begun an analysis of the documents seized in 2005 alongside the new evidence, the team have been able to make some links not previously identified.
“As a result, the team have also identified some individuals who were previously advised that there was little or no information held by the Met relating to them within the case papers and exhibits and this is now being reviewed.
“At this stage, there is no evidence to suggest that their voice mails were hacked but this will be an important and immediate new line of inquiry.
“As a result detectives are taking urgent steps to advise them of this development at the earliest opportunity.
“If any others are identified as possible victims in due course they will also be contacted.”