Crime reporter Anthony France wins conviction appeal

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Crime reporter Anthony France has won a challenge against his conviction at the Court of Appeal in London.

France, 42, is the only journalist to be successfully tried following a police investigation into payments to public officials.

During his trial at the Old Bailey, the Sun reporter was accused of cultivating a "corrupt relationship" with Pc Timothy Edwards over four years, and sentenced to 18 years in prison last May, which was suspended for two years.

The sentencing judge at the Old Bailey described France as a journalist of "hitherto unblemished character" who was "essentially a decent man of solid integrity".

After his successful appeal was announced, France said: "I am delighted that this serious miscarriage of justice has ended today, allowing me to rebuild my life after 1,379 days of sheer hell."