Hacking trial starts in 2013

REBEKAH Brooks and Andy Coulson learned yesterday in court they will face trial over phone hacking charges next September, alongside five other ex News of the World staff.

Brooks and Coulson, who edited the paper from 2000 to 2003 and from 2003 to 2007 respectively, are accused of a conspiracy to access voicemails. The other five are former chief reporter Neil Thurlbeck, former news editors Ian Edmondson and Greg Miskiw, ex managing editor Stuart Kuttner and former reporter James Weatherup.

They were released on bail and will face trial on 9 September 2013.