Britain’s phone hacking investigation comes to an end

The investigation into Britain’s phone hacking scandal has ended, with the Crown Prosecution Service declaring there was insufficient evidence to press charges.

News UK, a division of News Corp, and its rival, Mirror Group Newspapers, as well as 10 Mirror journalists, now will not be charged.

“After a thorough analysis, we have decided there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction and therefore no further action will be taken in any of these cases,” British Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said in a statement.

Scotland Yard confirmed on Friday it had closed the files on the investigation, the biggest in British history.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it had brought 12 prosecutions and secured nine convictions for serious offences during the investigation, actions that had addressed considerable public concern about phone hacking and the invasion of privacy.

Revelations over phone hacking at the News UK publication News of the World led to the closure of the title in in 2011.

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