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CPS receives new hacking files

Scotland Yard detectives investigating alleged phone hacking and wider misconduct by journalists have passed four files to the Crown Prosecution service.

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Keir Starmer: CPS 'starts in difficult position' on hacking charging

Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer has explained the latest developments in the investigation into allegations of phone hacking wrongdoing by journalists and police.

"At the moment there are 43 people currently on bail. The investigations are ongoing so it may well be that there are further arrests and further individuals to be considered," he says.

"One of the difficulties we face is that the courts have never defined 'the public interest'."

He described the questions of whether to charge journalists over hacking allegations as "really difficult decisions."

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