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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: 'My thoughts are with my colleagues'

Rebekah Brooks said her thoughts were with her former colleagues who face future trials as she spoke on the steps of her North London home.

She said: "I have to be careful for my former colleagues sake what I say" she said.

Rebekah and Charlie Brooks speaking outside their North London home. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She added that her thoughts were with them as they face trials in the future.

Her husband Charlie Brooks, who was cleared alongside his wife, said he concerned about former News of the World editor Andy Coulson who was found guilty of phone hacking.

He said: "Obviously I am really concerned for Andy and (his wife) Eloise and their family."

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