Former Number 10 spokesman Andy Coulson has been moved to an open prison, according to journalist Neville Thurlbeck:
Thurlbeck was jailed for phone hacking with his former editor Coulson and three others at the Old Bailey on July 4. He served 37 days of his six month sentence.
Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck has been released from prison after serving 37 days of his six month sentence.
Thurlbeck was jailed for phone hacking with his former editor Andy Coulson and three others at the Old Bailey on July 4.
But he confirmed he had been released in a post on his blog today.
He said: "Apologies for the late posting of this but as I'm sure many of you are aware, I've been unavoidably detained in south-east London for the past 37 days.
"And now, finally released and a stone lighter ( I highly recommend the Belmarsh Diet)."
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:
The Crown Prosecution Service said it would not be prosecuting former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck over allegations of witness intimidation and harassment relating to the phone-hacking scandal.
Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck has been released on bail tonight pending further enquiries.
He was arrested earlier in central London by detectives investigating phone-hacking at News International, Scotland Yard said.
- Former Chief Reporter at News of the World
- First arrested on April 5 2011 on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and unlawful interception of voicemail messages.
- He was sacked from the newspaper in September 2011 and has since lodged a claim for unfair dismissal against News International.
- Currently a theatre critic for the Surrey Comet and prolific blogger.
Mr Thurlbeck is being questioned on suspicion of witness intimidation and encouraging or assisting an offence. He has blogged about the inquiry in recent months and claimed that he refused a police offer to give evidence against his ex-employer News International.
The Operation Weeting arrest was named by sources as former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, who was previously held on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications on April 5 last year.