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The Sun staff are cleared over charges of corruption

By Ryan Hooper

Two members of staff at the Sun newspaper have been acquitted of corrupting public officials.

Picture editor John Edwards and former reporter John Troup were cleared after seven days' deliberations by a jury at Kingston Crown Court in south west London.

Edwards (50) of Brentwood, Essex, was found not guilty of two counts of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office and Troup (49) of Saffron Walden, Essex, was cleared of the same charge.

Supporters in the public gallery wiped tears from their eyes while others hugged as the verdicts were read out by the jury foreman.

Two other former Sun employees - ex-deputy news editor Ben O'Driscoll and former managing editor Graham Dudman - were each found not guilty of one similar charge.

The jurors will continue to consider further charges against Dudman and O'Driscoll when they resume deliberations next week, as well as verdicts on Sun head of news Chris Pharo and district reporter Jamie Pyatt.

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