Seven former News of the World journalists, plus private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, to appear before magistrates.
The prime minister’s former communications director, Andy Coulson, and six former News of the World employees are appearing at Westminster magistrates’ court to face phone-hacking charges on Thursday morning.
The seven former News of the World journalists, plus the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, are due to appear at the court in central London at 10am on Thursday morning.
They are the first people to appear in court in connection with phone hacking at the News of the World since Scotland Yard reopened its investigation in January 2011.
Coulson and Mulcaire will be appearing in court alongside Stuart Kuttner, former managing editor of the News of the World, Ian Edmondson, former assistant editor (news), Greg Miskiw, a former news editor, Neville Thurlbeck, former chief reporter, and James Weatherup, former assistant news editor.
Each of the journalists, except Mulcaire, were charged in July with conspiring to intercept the voicemail messages of well-known people and their associates from 2000 to 2006. The Crown Prosecution Service said in July that more than 600 people, including the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and actor Jude Law, were victims of voicemail hacking.
Five of those in court on Thursday – Coulson, Kuttner, Miskiw, Thurlbeck and Mulcaire – face specific charges of conspiring unlawfully to listen to voicemails relating to Dowler.