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Rebekah Brooks faces phone hacking charges

Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie arrive at Westminster Magistrates Court last month Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks will appear in court today to face charges linked to alleged phone hacking.

The 44 year old is due before Westminster Magistrates Court accused over an alleged conspiracy to illegally access voicemails.

She faces one general charge, which prosecutors claim could affect more than 600 victims, and two other specific charges linked to murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and former union boss Andrew Gilchrist.

Brooks has been accused alongside six other former members of staff from the now-defunct tabloid the News of the World (NoTW) and private investigator Glen Mulcaire.

Andy Coulson, former NoTV editor and ex spin doctor for David Cameron has also been charged, along with ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson, ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former reporter James Weatherup.

They are next due to appear at Southwark Crown Court on September 26.

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