Thurlbeck charges

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SUNDERLAND-BORN ex-News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck is to be charged in relation to phone hacking, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have announced.

The CPS said Thurlbeck, along with seven other people, would be charged with conspiring to intercept communications between 13 October 2001 and 9 August 2006.

Other people facing charges include David Cameron’s ex-head of communications Andy Coulson and the former News International chief executive, Rebekah Brooks.

The investigation was initially launched last year by the Metropolitan Police after evidence emerged that phone hacking at the News of the World had taken place.

Thurlbeck will also face additional charges in relation to Milly Dowler, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, David Blunkett MP, Charles Clarke, Mark Oaten, Dame Tessa Jowell MP and David Mills.