Charges dropped against ex-News of the World journalists

Criminal charges have been dropped against two former News of the World journalists.

Bob Bird, the former editor of the Scottish edition of the News of the World. Credit: PA Wire

Ex-editor of the Scottish edition Bob Bird and news editor Douglas Wight were arrested in 2012 as part of an investigation into allegations of phone hacking, breach of data protection and perjury in the Tommy Sheridan trial.

Mr Bird was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice at the time of Sheridan's defamation action against the newspaper, while Mr Wight had been charged with committing perjury during Sheridan's 2010 trial, and conspiracy to hack telephones.

But the Crown Office announced tonight that the charges had been dropped.

"After an extremely thorough investigation of these allegations, Crown Counsel decided that no criminal proceedings be taken," a spokesperson said.