Rebekah Brooks 'vindicated' by hacking verdicts

Rebekah Brooks, speaking for the first time since she was cleared of phone hacking charges this week, has declared: "I am innocent of the crimes that I was charged with and I feel vindicated by the unanimous verdicts."

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Brooks cleared of all charges after eight-month trial

It's almost three years since managers at the News of the World were first arrested. While the jury is still deliberating over two counts facing Andy Coulson, for Rebekah Brooks the wait is over after she was acquitted of all charges.

Once the most powerful woman in the British media, her extraordinary career has been on hold during the 8 month trial.

Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks reports:

Charlie Brooks: Police treated us like 'terrorists' in raid

The husband of former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks has told London based radio station LBC that police treated them both "like terrorists" when officers raided their home and searched their baby's cot.

Rebekah and Charlie Brooks. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

In the interview, Charlie Brooks said: "Four forty-five in the morning, 18 of them came through our kitchen door, which was a little bit of a surprise, searched our baby's cot, treated us like terrorists and carted us off to different police stations.

He added: "She had her cot searched in case she had the phone-hacking files asleep with her.

"They ran up the stairs screaming and shouting, it was a proper raid."


Blunkett: Hacking victims 'became victims all over again'

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett has told ITV News the phone hacking victims whose cases were used as evidence at the high-profile trial had "become victims all over again".

Mr Blunkett, whose case was used at the Old Bailey, said: "I think the tragedy of what has happened is that 10 years on, those who were victims of criminality have been victims once again of the intrusion into their private lives.

"The material that's had to be used to obtain justice, and I'm very pleased that justice has been done in this particular case, it has been at a terrible price.

"The price has been... those private messages have been re-run in public and therefore they've become, if you like, victims all over again."

Ex-NotW managing editor gives 'enduring thanks'

Former News of the World managing editor Stuart Kuttner gave his "enduring thanks" to his legal team as he was cleared of being part of the phone hacking conspiracy.

Speaking outside the court, Mr Kuttner told the waiting reporters: "It is clear to me at this point that this is not the moment to make long statements or to go into great detail.

Former News of the World managing editor Stuart Kuttner was found not guilty of phone hacking. Credit: Pool

"But what I do want to say is the diligence, the dedication, and perhaps above all the passion of my lawyers over the last three years has been extraordinary, most remarkable, and it is to them that I owe the huge and enduring thanks for the result, the unanimous verdict of the jury today."

"Thank you," he added.


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