No charges over Thurlbeck claims

The CPS has said it will not prosecute former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck over allegations of witness intimidation and harassment relating to the phone-hacking scandal.

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CPS 'concluded no prosecution should take place' in Thurlbeck case

Having applied the full test set out in the code for crown prosecutors the CPS has concluded that no prosecution should take place.

Given that the journalist in question remains on bail for further offences, we do not intend to give any further information at this point.

Mr Thurlbeck remains on police bail on suspicion of offences under Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

– Alison Levitt QC, the top legal adviser to the director of public prosecutions

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Thurlbeck thanks supporters for 'unswerving loyalty'

Neville Thurlbeck, 50, faced the allegations after posting a blog on March 7, giving the home address of a member of former employer News Corporation's management and standards committee. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed he would not be charged with the counts. He said:

I am pleased that the CPS has advised the police that no further action should be taken with regard to an allegation concerning one of my blog postings on nevillethurlbeck.com.

I would like to thank my family, friends and colleagues in the industry for their unswerving loyalty, support and continued belief in me.

Thurlbeck 'pleased' with CPS's decision

Neville Thurlbeck Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Neville Thurlbeck told the Press Association he was "pleased" with the CPS's decision not to prosecute him over allegations of witness intimidation and harassment relating to the phone-hacking scandal.

He also thanked his family, friends and colleagues in the industry for their "unswerving loyalty, support and continued belief in me".

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