Pair not charged in hacking probe

The Guardian's special investigations correspondent Amelia Hill and a 51-year-old detective constable working on Scotland Yard's Operation Weeting team will not be charged over leaks relating to the phone-hacking investigation.

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Guardian welcomes 'sensible decision' not to charge journalist

A statement on the Guardian's website said:

"We welcome the Crown Prosecution Service's sensible decision to abandon this worrying attempt to criminalise legitimate contact between journalists and confidential sources.

"Nevertheless, the paper makes no comment on the validity of the Met Police assertion that the officer it identified was Amelia's source in this case."

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'No realistic prospect of a conviction' against journalist or police officer

In this case, there is no evidence that the police officer was paid any money for the information he provided.

Moreover, the information disclosed by the police officer, although confidential, was not highly sensitive. It did not expose anyone to a risk of injury or death. It did not compromise the investigation. And the information in question would probably have made it into the public domain by some other means, albeit at some later stage.

In those circumstances, I have concluded that there is no realistic prospect of a conviction in the police officer's case because his alleged conduct is not capable of reaching the high threshold necessary to make out the criminal offence of misconduct in public office.

It follows that there is equally no realistic prospect of a conviction against Ms Hill for aiding and abetting the police officer's conduct.

– Alison Levitt QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions

'Insufficient evidence' to bring charges against journalist or police officer

Ms Levitt, the principal legal advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions, said 10 articles written by Ms Hill in the Guardian "contained confidential information derived from Operation Weeting, including the names of those who had been arrested.

"I am also satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to establish that the police officer disclosed that information to Ms Hill."

But the prosecutor added: "I have concluded that there is insufficient evidence against either suspect to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for the common law offence of misconduct in a public office or conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office."

Police officer faces 'disciplinary proceedings'

Prosecutor Alison Levitt QC said she had "written to the Metropolitan Police Service and to the IPCC recommending that they consider bringing disciplinary proceedings against " the 51-year-old Scotland Yard detective.

The police officer has been suspended since being arrested at his desk last August by officers from the force's directorate of professional standards.

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