Ex-News of the World reporter's conviction quashed

Ryan Sabey had previously been found guilty of getting scoops on Prince Harry. Credit: PA

A former News of the World royal reporter who was convicted of getting scoops from one of Prince Harry's comrades has had his conviction quashed.

While working at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid, Ryan Sabey, 35, was accused of cultivating his contact Paul Brunt, 33, who was in the same regiment as the young royal.

Sabey was found guilty of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office following an Old Bailey trial.

At the Court of Appeal, the Lord Chief Justice quashed the conviction on the grounds that the jury was misdirected by the trial judge.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders has already announced she would not pursue his case.