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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.