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Rebekah Brooks bailed over hacking charges

Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie arrive at Westminster Magistrates Court Credit: PA Wire

The former chief executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks, has been bailed after appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court on charges linked to the phone hacking scandal.

She spoke only to confirm her address and was told the next hearing would be on June 22.

The former Editor of the News of the World and The Sun faces:

  • Three charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice
  • Including that she removed boxes of material from the News International archive
  • Tried to conceal documents, computers and other material from the Scotland Yard inquiry
A security guard stands at the entrance to News International offices in Wapping last summer Credit: Reuters

The charges, made last month, were the first to be brought by the investigation into phone-hacking, computer hacking and corruption.

Rebekah Brooks appeared alongside her husband Charlie. He faces a single charge of conspiring to pervert the course of justice with his wife.

Mrs Brooks' personal assistant Cheryl Carter; head of security at News International Mark Hanna; Mrs Brooks' chauffeur Paul Edwards; and security consultant Daryl Jorsling also each face a single charge of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Head of security at News International, Mark Hanna, arriving at court today Credit: ITV News
  • Rebekah Brooks became editor of the News of the World in 2000 at the age of 31
  • In 2003 she became the first woman to edit the Sun and in 2009 became News International chief executive
  • She resigned from that post in July last year