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Scotland Yard closes £23 million hacking investigation

It began with the discovery that thousands of people had been victims of tabloid journalists accessing their mobile phones in pursuit of stories.

Operation Weeting, the investigation into phone hacking at the former News of the World headquarters, cost Scotland Yard £23 million.

Now the Crown Prosecution has ended the investigation, charges of Corporate Liability against Rupert Murdoch's media empire and former journalists at The Mirror will not be brought.

ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports:

Coulson ordered to pay £150,000 towards hacking trial

The prosecution had wanted the father-of-three to pay £750,000. Credit: PA

Former Number 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson has been ordered to pay £150,000 towards the costs of last year's £1.7 million hacking trial.

Coulson, 47, was jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of involvement in the hacking of phones while editor of the now-defunct News of the World.

The prosecution had wanted the father-of-three to pay £750,000, but today Mr Justice Saunders said he should pay £150,000 over three years.

Neil Wallis cleared of News of the World phone hacking

Neil Wallis was deputy editor at the News of the World Credit: PA

Former News of the World deputy editor Neil Wallis has been cleared at the Old Bailey of being part of the phone hacking plot at the now defunct paper.

Andy Coulson's former deputy broke down in tears as he was cleared by a jury.

Mr Wallis, Coulson's right-hand man between 2003 and 2007, was accused of being part of the scandal which led to the Sunday tabloid shutting down in July 2011.

The jury deliberated for four days before finding 64-year-old Mr Wallis, of Chiswick, west London, not guilty of conspiring to hack phones.

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