Ex-News of the World staff due in court over phone hacking

Seven former News of the World staff due to appear in court today face one general accusation of conspiracy to access voicemails, that prosecutors say could affect up to 600 victims, along with other charges related to specific people.

Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire is accused of four counts related to particular individuals.

Rebekah Brooks is also due to appear with husband Charlie, 49, and five other people accused of perverting the course of justice.

The charges relate to an alleged attempt to conceal material from police investigating claims of phone hacking and corrupt payments to public officials at The Sun and the News of the World.

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Coulson and Brooks 2013 trial

David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks will face trial over allegations linked to phone hacking in September next year. They appeared at the Old Bailey today.