Rupert Murdoch issues an apology to the family of the Murdered Victim Milly Dowler - Phone Hacking

Rupert Murdoch has apologised personally to Milly Dowler's family over claims the murdered girl's voicemails were accessed illegally by the News Of The World.
It is alleged the Sunday tabloid hacked into the teenager's mobile after she was abducted in 2002, when Rebekah Brooks was editor.

Messages were deleted to make room for more recordings, it is claimed, and this gave the family false hope that she was still alive.

Mrs Brooks has resigned as News International chief executive after coming under increasing pressure since the allegations about Milly's phone emerged a couple of weeks ago.

Mrs Brooks denies any knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing.

Mr Murdoch has also written an apology over the phone hacking scandal which will appear in national newspapers on Saturday.

He had called the meeting with the Dowlers and the family's lawyer Mark Lewis at a London hotel.

Speaking afterwards about the Milly claims, Mr Murdoch told reporters:

"I was appalled about what had happened and I apologise."

Mr Lewis said: "He (Mr Murdoch) was humbled to give a full and sincere apology to the Dowler family. The Dowler family told him that his papers should lead the way to set the standards of honesty and decency in the field, and not what had gone on before. At the end of the day, actions are going to speak louder than words."

Mr Lewis also said Mr Murdoch "apologised many times"