A Home Office spokesperson admitted the government lent Rebekkah Brooks a police force while she was editor of the News of the World, and afterwards. The Home Office also conceded that Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron were allowed to "have a go" on the police force, driving police cars at speed with the sirens blaring round the Brooks Cotswolds estate, turning a blind eye to the force's occasional bad behaviour and having piggy backs from the Territorial Support Group, famed for their broad shoulders and fondness for sleepovers.
Cameron's ex press secretary Andy Coulson was especially fond of using the force, though he denied any impropriety. "This was a lovely old force that we loved spoiling, giving it lumps of sugar and occasionally cash," he said. "But it couldn't carry on with its duties properly, which is why we supported it so generously"