Andy Coulson jailed for 18 mths for plotting to hack phones

Former Number 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson has been jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of plotting to hack phones while in charge at the News of the World.

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Judge: Coulson knew about hacking & encouraged it

In his sentencing remarks, Judge Mr Justice Saunders said Andy Coulson clearly thought it was necessary to use phone hacking to maintain the newspaper's "competitive edge".

And he said the delay in the News of the World telling police about the Milly Dowler voicemail in 2002 showed the motivation was to "take credit for finding her" and sell the maximum number of newspapers.

The judge said: "Mr Coulson has to take the major share of the blame of phone hacking at the NotW. He knew about it, he encouraged it when he should have stopped it."

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Andy Coulson arrives at court for sentencing

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has arrived at court - amid a media scrum - for sentencing.

The 46-year-old father-of-three was found guilty last week of conspiring to intercept voicemails at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid following an eight-month trial at the Old Bailey.

Spin doctor Andy Coulson faces up to two years in jail

Former Number 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson faces up to two years in jail today when he is sentenced for plotting to hack phones while he was in charge of the News of the World.

Former Number 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson faces up to two years in jail Credit: PA

The 46-year-old father-of-three was found guilty last week of conspiring to intercept voicemails at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid following an eight-month trial at the Old Bailey.

Under his editorship, the NotW was "utterly corrupt" and "became a thoroughly criminal enterprise", according to prosecutor Andrew Edis QC.

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