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Piers Morgan has always denied phone hacking occurred at the Daily Mirror while he was editorReuters

The CNN presenter and former editor of the Daily Mirror Piers Morgan has been questioned by police in relation to phone-hacking.

Scotland Yard confirmed that a 48-year-old journalist was interviewed under caution on 6 December on connection with suspected conspiracy to intercept voicemails by officers from Operation Golding – the investigation into phone hacking at the Mirror Group Newspapers.

In a statement to The Guardian, through his spokesperson, Morgan said: "In early November I was asked to attend an interview by officers from Operation Weeting when I was next in the UK.

"This was further to a full witness statement I had already freely provided. I attended that interview as requested on 6 December 2013."

Morgan, who was editor of the paper between 1995 and 2004, gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards insisting there was no phone hacking during his editorship.

He was fired from the paper after authorising the publication of photographs showing Iraqi prisoners being abused by British soldiers, which then turned out to be a hoax.

A Met Police spokesperson said: "A 48-year-old man, a journalist, was interviewed under caution on 6 December 2013 by officers from Operation Golding in connection with suspected conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails.

"He was interviewed by appointment at a south London police station. He was not arrested."

During his evidence at the Leveson inquiry, Morgan that "to the best of my recollection" there was no phone hacking at the Daily Mirror while he was editor.

He did admit to listening to a voicemail left on the mobile phone of Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills by the Beatles singer, but did not reveal who played it to him.