Search

Former News of the World reporter from Brentwood appears at the Old Bailey on phone hacking charges

12:27 26 September 2012

James Weatherup appeared at The Old Bailey today on alleged phone hacking charges

James Weatherup appeared at The Old Bailey today on alleged phone hacking charges

PA Wire/Press Association Images

A former News of the World (NoTW) reporter from Brentwood appeared at the Old Bailey today on alleged phone hacking charges.

James Weatherup, 56, of Great Warley, appeared in the docks accused of the charges that involve hacking the phones of a number of public figures between October 2000 and August 2006.

He was in the docks alongside Rebekah Brooks, the ex-News of the World editor who was allegedly involved in hacking the voicemail of people including murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

Also in court were David Cameron’s former press boss Andy Coulson, 42, former NoTW chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, 50, ex-news editor Ian Edmondson, 43, assistant editor Greg Miskiw, 62.

They, along with Weatherup, face charges relating to their alleged involvement in a conspiracy to hack up to 600 phones, along with former NoTW managing editor Stuart Kuttner, 72, and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, 42.

They were joined by Brooks’ husband Charlie, 47, chauffeur Paul Edwards, 47, former PA Cheryl Carter, 48, security consultant Daryl Jorsling, 49, security guard Lee Sandell, 26, and News International security boss Mark Hanna, 49.

They are accused of deliberately trying to disrupt the investigation into alleged phone hacking at the now-defunct tabloid.

Much of the hearing cannot be reported for legal reasons, but the judge, Mr Justice Fulford said he anticipates a trial will begin on September 9 next year.

It has not yet been decided whether the phone hacking case, codenamed Operation Weeting, and cover-up case, codenamed Operation Sacha - which have been charged separately - will be heard together at one trial.

All the defendants are on bail and a condition banning them from contacting each other was dropped at today’s hearing.

Further hearings will take place on December 12 and 13.

Latest Romford News Stories

17:40
Residents staging a protest against plans to dump waste on Ingrebourne Hill at the opening of the public inquiry.

“This will send a strong message our green belt is not for sale,” a councillor has said after finding out a public inquiry dismissed today an appeal to dump inert waste on green belt land.

Michel Charles and Hayley Anderson with the cake

Move over Mary and Paul, it’s time for the Great Havering Bake-Off!

13:16
An artist impression of Lidl's plans for the former Mecca Bingo building, Hornchurch   /Credit: Lidl

Supermarket chain Lidl has submitted a planning application to build a new store on the site of a historic cinema and former bingo hall.

Cousins Mark Juby,Tom Bowman, Tony Boyton and Andy Rushmer cycled from Romford to Dorset in memory of their fireman grandad, Michael Green.

The memory of a much-loved grandad was honoured as four cousins completed a marathon cycle ride to raise money for charity.

09:55
Havering Police is investigating after a video shows a boy being beaten up by a group of boys.

Thousands of pounds have been raised for an anti-bullying charity after a video showing a violent assault on a 15-year-old boy in a park went viral.

09:36
The 20-year-old was left unconcious following the hit and run.

A hit-and-run victim has criticised the police over their handling of an investigation which has left her “life on standby”.

Raja Rashid Ali, from Elm Park, was murdered on Sunday in Elm Park.

Police have released a picture of the man stabbed to death by an armed gang.

07:01
Kerri Warne community roadwatch volunteer with the speed gun

Speeding drivers could soon be caught out by their neighbours, family or friends laying in wait with hand-held speed guns.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

VW Golf Estate

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now