Coulson in court over 'hacking'

Seven people including David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson will appear in court charged over the phone hacking scandal.

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Andy Coulson in court charged with phone hacking

Seven people including David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged over the phone hacking scandal.

Former News of the World editor Coulson is accused, 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 all face one general charge of alleged phone hacking between October 2000 and August 2006 that could affect as many as 600 victims, along with other specific accusations.

John Prescott: Politicians need to learn their lessons in the wake of the phone hacking scandal

Former Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, has said that politicians need to learn their lesson in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.

Speaking to Daybreak, Lord Prescott, said: "Most prime ministers and leaders take the view that they have to have a good relationship with Murdoch and I think politicians need to learn their lessons."

Eight people including Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were among eight people charged over phone hacking yesterday.

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Hacking victim: 'I feel sorry for those charged'

Former Liberal Democrat MP and hacking victim Mark Oaten has told ITV News he feels sorry for the eight people charged in relation to phone hacking.

Mr Oaten, who received a court settlement following civil action against News International, said that "they have families who have been affected".

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CPS statement relating to Ian Edmondson charges

All suspects were contacted yesterday (Monday) to let them know that they would be emailed the decision in relation to their clients shortly before 11am today.

As agreed, all legal representatives were emailed before 11am today with the decision in relation to their clients, and we were not made aware of any issues by any of the legal representatives concerned.

Although the email was sent to Mr Edmonson’s solicitors we understand that there was a technical delay in the receipt of the email.

We have made telephone contact with Mr Edmonson’s legal team to ensure that the information has now been received.

– The Crown Prosecution Service

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Ian Edmondson learnt of charges through CPS press conference

Ian Edmondson, one of those charged in relation to phone hacking, first learnt that he would face proceedings through today’s Crown Prosecution Service press conference, ITV News has been told.

Former News of the World News Editor Ian Edmondson told ITV News he will "clear my name". Credit: PA

Solicitors for the former News of the World news editor have told us neither he nor his legal team were informed before the statement was made on live television.

“He has learned about the charges he will face from the reports of the CPS press conference earlier today,” Edmondson’s solicitors told ITV News, "rather than because he or his lawyers were informed this morning as has been suggested by the CPS."

Today Edmondson told ITV News: "For the past 18 months my family and I have suffered in silence. I have not given interviews or spoken out in order to get my points across or to correct reported lies or inaccuracies.

"I have much to say on this subject and I now look forward to saying it. I will clear my name at trial when the truth finally emerges.’

Neville Thurlbeck's full statement on phone hacking charges

Following today’s announcement that I am to be charged in relation to Operation Weeting, I would like to thank my family and friends for their undying support during the past 15 months.

My thanks also to my lawyer Henri Brandman for his wise and calm counsel during the police investigation.

I am most surprised and disappointed in the outcome. I have always operated under the strict guidance and advice of News International’s lawyers and under the instructions of the newspaper’s editors which will be abundantly clear when this matter comes to court.

I will vigorously fight to clear my reputation.

Neither I nor my lawyer will be making any further comment at this stage.

– Neville Thurlbeck, former chief reporter at the News of the World
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