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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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Four senior News of the World journalists jailed

Andy Coulson and three other senior journalists from the News of the World newspaper - Greg Miskiw, Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup - were sentenced today for being complicit in industrial scale phone-hacking.

Former News of the World News Editor Greg Miskiw. Credit: PA

Former reporter Glenn Mulcaire, the former private investigator tasked with hacking, was given a six-month suspended sentence.

News of the World's former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and the paper's ex-news editor Greg Miskiw were jailed for six months.

Other former journalist James Weatherup was given a four-month suspended sentence.

Five defendants in the hacking trial, including former News International chief Rebekah Brooks, were cleared of all charges last week.

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