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Scotland Yard drops probe into phone hacking leaks

Scotland Yard has dropped its bid to force the Guardian newspaper to reveal confidential sources for stories relating to the phone hacking scandal.

The Yard's attempt to identify potential police leaks was widely condemned, with the newspaper's editor Alan Rusbridger describing it as "vindictive and disproportionate".

A police spokesman said the Metropolitan Police's Directorate of Professional Standards had consulted the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) about the alleged leaking of information by a police officer from Operation Weeting.

"In addition the MPS has taken further legal advice this afternoon and as a result has decided not to pursue, at this time, the application for production orders scheduled for hearing on Friday, September 23. We have agreed with the CPS that we will work jointly with them in considering the next steps," he said.

Mr Rusbridger last night welcomed the Met's decision "to withdraw this ill-judged order". "We're happy that good sense has prevailed," he said.

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