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SUNDERLAND-born journalist Neville Thurlbeck is due in court today on phone hacking charges.

He is part of a group, including six members of staff from the now-defunct tabloid News of the World (NoTW), due at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

The former NoTW chief reporter is charged alongside former editor Andy Coulson, ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson, and former reporter James Weatherup.

They all face one general charge of alleged phone hacking between October 2000 and August 2006 that could affect as many as 600 victims.

Thurlbeck will also face a string of other charges relating to people including Milly Dowler, Sven-Goran Eriksson, David Blunkett, Charles Clarke, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Ex-NoTW editor Rebekah Brooks will also face the general phone-hacking charge and two separate counts in relation to Milly and Andrew Gilchrist on September 3.