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Andy Coulson 'disappointed' at phone hacking charge

By Margaret Davis and Neil Lancefield

David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson said today he was "extremely disappointed" by the decision to prosecute him over alleged phone hacking.

Speaking outside his home in south-east London, the ex-News of the World editor said that the now-defunct newspaper had worked on behalf of victims of crime.

He said that he did nothing to damage the investigation into Milly Dowler's murder.

Coulson is facing allegations in relation to hacking into the voicemails of murdered schoolgirl Milly, former Labour ministers David Blunkett and Charles Clarke, and George Best's son Calum, as well as one general phone-hacking charge.

He said: "I am extremely disappointed by the CPS decision today. I will fight these allegations when they eventually get to court.

"I would like to say one thing today about the Milly Dowler allegation. Anyone who knows me, or who worked with me, would know that I wouldn't, and more importantly that I didn't, do anything to damage the Milly Dowler investigation.

"At the News of the World we worked on behalf of the victims of crime, particularly violent crime, and the idea that I would sit in my office dreaming up schemes to undermine investigations is simply untrue.

"That's all I've got to say today."

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