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Four more reporters cleared of payments for stories

By Emily Pennink

There were angry calls to stop "persecuting innocent journalists" after four more reporters were cleared of paying public officials for stories in the latest of the controversial Operation Elveden trials.

The Sun's Tom Wells, Neil Millard and Brandon Malinsky and former Daily Mirror reporter Graham Brough were found not guilty of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office, bringing the total number of reporters to be cleared by a jury to 14.

The jury deliberated for 43 hours and reached not guilty verdicts on all but one count against Wells and former Serco immigration detention centre official Mark Blake.

The Crown have seven days to decide whether to reach a retrial.

So far, just two journalists have been found guilty and the Court of Appeal quashed the conviction of the first - a News of the World reporter - and gave the second leave to appeal. In all, 27 journalists have been charged and 12 are awaiting trial or retrial.

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