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Coulson and Brooks in court

Former Downing St communications chief Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks have appeared in court at the Old Bailey.

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Rebekah Brooks in court on conspiracy charge

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey. Credit: PA Wire

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, 44, from Churchill, Oxfordshire, also appeared at the Old Bailey charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

The matter was adjourned until next month.

Sun chief reporter John Kay, 69, from north-west London, entered a not guilty plea to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

The cases have been brought as part of Operation Elveden, Scotland Yard's investigation into alleged inappropriate payments and information leaks.

In a separate case, a former police officer pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office.

And in another matter, a public official admitted misconduct in public office.

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