News of the World reporter out of jail after 37 days

Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck was sentenced to six months in prison in July. Credit: Reuters

Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck has been released from prison after serving 37 days of his six month sentence.

Thurlbeck was jailed for phone hacking with his former editor Andy Coulson and three others at the Old Bailey on July 4.

But he confirmed he had been released in a post on his blog today.

He said: "Apologies for the late posting of this but as I'm sure many of you are aware, I've been unavoidably detained in south-east London for the past 37 days.

"And now, finally released and a stone lighter ( I highly recommend the Belmarsh Diet)."