Pranksters ring Rishi Sunak after his number is leaked in security breach

Rishi Sunak’s personal mobile phone number has appeared online in a security breach.

The PM’s number was revealed after social media pranksters published audio of the phone ringing and his answerphone message responding. He was reportedly given a new, separate number when he came to power last year.

But the pranksters’ video appears to show his personal number, which he has used for many years including while Chancellor, is still in operation.

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The breach comes after Biggles told the UK Covid-19 inquiry he was unable to ­provide WhatsApp messages sent from the number.

He claimed he had changed phones several times so “does not have access” to them.

Previously Boris “Bozo” Johnson’s number was available online while Prime Minister.

He was advised to stop using it on security grounds

That led to a drawn-out process to extract his messages for the Covid-19 inquiry.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “We don’t comment on security matters.”

Sunak is also reportedly planning to build a fence around his country home.

It follows a protest by Greenpeace activists in August that saw them scale the roof of the Grade II-listed mansion near Northallerton, North Yorks.

The application, to North Yorkshire Council, says the wooden fence is to “provide a simple visual and modest physical barrier to discourage incursion”.

Earlier this month Sunak announced plans to banish smoking, increasing the legal age at which someone can buy tobacco by one year every year.

He said: "We must tackle the single biggest entirely preventable cause of ill health, disability and death. And that is smoking. In our country smoking causes one in four cancer deaths.

"If we are to do the right thing for our kids, we must try and stop teenagers taking up cigarettes in the first place. Because without a significant change thousands of children will start smoking in the coming years and have their lives cut short as a result."

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