Thurlbeck will not face charges over witness intimidation

The former News of the World chief reporter will not be prosecuted.

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Neville Thurlbeck. Photo: Getty Images

The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed it will not be prosecuting former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck over allegations of witness intimidation and harassment relating to the phone-hacking scandal.

 
A statement released by the Met today said: "A 50-year-old man was arrested by appointment at a central London police station on Wednesday, 14 March, by officers from Operation Weeting, the MPS inquiry into the phone-hacking of voicemail boxes.
 
“He was arrested on suspicion of intimidation of a witness (contrary to Section 51 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994) and encouraging or assisting an offence (contrary to Section 46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007) and released on bail to a police station in south-west London. He returned this morning (Friday, 27 April) and was released with no further action.”