Scotland Yard file on royal phone hoax passed to Australian police

Force asked to investigate whether DJs committed offence with prank call to hospital treating Duchess of Cambridge

Scotland Yard has passed a file of evidence to Australian police over a prank call to a London hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge, after which the nurse Jacintha Saldanha was found dead.

British prosecutors have already said that no legal action will be taken in the UK over the call, but on Tuesday the Metropolitan police sent the information to the Australian federal police and New South Wales police.

A spokesman said: "On 9 July the Metropolitan police service [MPS] passed a file to the Australian federal police and New South Wales police in relation to a hoax call made to the King Edward VII hospital on December 4 2012.

"The MPS has requested that consideration is given as to whether any offences were committed under Australian legislation.

"Following an investigation by the MPS into this matter a file was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service [CPS] in December 2012. On February 1 2013 the CPS advised no charges would be brought in the United Kingdom."

Saldanha was found dead three days after two DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, called the hospital, where the duchess was being treated for severe morning sickness, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Philip.

It was reported on Wednesday that Greig is taking legal action against the radio station.

She is accusing her employer, Southern Cross Austereo, of failing to provide a safe workplace at 2Day FM radio station, the Melbourne Age reported.

The DJ's legal representative, Steven Lewis of the law firm Slater & Gordon, confirmed to Guardian Australia that "a general protections application has been filed with Fair Work Australia on behalf of Mel Greig against Southern Cross Austereo. The application alleges Southern Cross Austereo failed to maintain a safe workplace."

Greig has not returned to work since the incident but Southern Cross Austereo controversially gave Christian the internal Next Top Jock award which aimed to find the "best in the land".

The MP Keith Vaz, who has offered support to Saldanha's family, said: "The decision by Ms Greig to sue the radio station is brave, although it comes as no surprise. Ultimately the radio station made the decision to broadcast the hoax call and must bear responsibility for the tragic death of Jacintha.

"It seems that the DJs and radio station are now turning on each other. I hope Ms Greig will clarify her position at the inquest in September.

"This has been an unbearable time for the family. They are very much awaiting the results of the postponed inquest. They just want to get on with their lives."

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