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Hacking 'the norm at paper'

By Hilary Duncanson

Hacking phones was "systematic" at the News of the World, the perjury trial of the newspaper's former editor has heard.

James Weatherup, a one-time news editor at the tabloid, also told the High Court in Edinburgh that Andy Coulson "would have known" a private investigator employed by the now-defunct paper was a phone hacker.

Coulson (47) is on trial accused of lying under oath in the 2010 perjury trial of ex-Socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan.

Prosecutors allege that Coulson falsely stated that, before the arrest of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and News of the World journalist Clive Goodman in 2006, he did not know that Mr Goodman was involved in phone hacking with Mr Mulcaire.

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