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Thurlbeck thanks 'loyal' supporters

A former News of the World chief reporter has thanked his supporters for their "unswerving loyalty" after learning he would not be charged with intimidating a witness or harassment in Scotland Yard's phone-hacking inquiry.

Neville Thurlbeck, 50, faced the allegations after posting a blog on March 7, giving the home address of a member of former employer News Corporation's management and standards committee.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed he would not be charged with the counts.

The veteran journalist, who remains on bail in relation to voicemail interception allegations, told the Press Association: "I am pleased that the CPS has advised the police that no further action should be taken with regard to an allegation concerning one of my blog postings on nevillethurlbeck.com.

"I would like to thank my family, friends and colleagues in the industry for their unswerving loyalty, support and continued belief in me.

"And my lawyer Henri Brandman for his wise counsel. I am fortunate to retain the services of one of London's finest lawyers."

Alison Levitt QC, the top legal adviser to the director of public prosecutions, said: "Having applied the full test set out in the code for crown prosecutors the CPS has concluded that no prosecution should take place.

"Given that the journalist in question remains on bail for further offences, we do not intend to give any further information at this point.

"Mr Thurlbeck remains on police bail on suspicion of offences under Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000."

Sunderland-born Mr Thurlbeck was behind stories including disclosures about ex-Formula 1 boss Max Mosley's sex life and allegations that David Beckham had an affair.

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