The number of possible phone hacking victims is now close to 5,800, the Met police have confirmed.
This is 2,000 more than previously stated by the force.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said:
It is not possible to give a precise figure about the number of people whose phones have actually been hacked but we can confirm that as of today’s date, 3 November 2011, the current number of potentially identifiable persons who appear in the material, and who may therefore be victims, where names are noted, is 5,795. This figure is very likely to be revised in the future as a result of further analysis.