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Anger over £30m probe as reporters are cleared

By Emily Pennink

Police and prosecutors faced a wave of anger as the last two tabloid journalists on trial under the multi-million pound Operation Elveden probe walked free from court.

Sun news editor Chris Pharo (46) and reporter Jamie Pyatt (52) were found not guilty of aiding and abetting a Surrey police officer to commit misconduct in a public office.

The verdicts bring to a close a string of trials in which juries consistently opted to clear journalists of wrongdoing over their dealings with public official tipsters.

Out of 29 cases, only two ended in convictions.

Outside court Mr Pharo and Mr Pyatt questioned why £30m of taxpayers' money had been spent on prosecuting reporters for "doing their job".

Mr Pharo said: "It's the end of a four-year long nightmare."

Mr Pyatt added: "The head has finally been chopped off the Elveden dragon. It's gone. It should never have been there in the first place. It's disgraceful."

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