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Charlie Brooks - Police 'Treated Us Like Terrorists'

Tuesday 24th June 2014

Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie have been cleared of charges relating to phone hacking in one of the longest trials in British legal history.

Rebekah and Charlie Brooks

Speaking to LBC ahead of today's verdicts Charlie Brooks, described the moment their house was raided.

"Four forty-five in the morning, 18 of them came through our kitchen door, which was a little bit of a surprise, searched our baby's cot, treated us like terrorists and carted us off to different police stations," he told LBC's Kay Burley.

"She had her cot searched in case she had the phone-hacking files asleep with her," he added. 

"They ran up the stairs screaming and shouting, it was a proper raid."

Mr Brooks also admitted he was "disappointed" with some of David Cameron's comments on the issue.

"We were at school together and our families have known each other for a long time I suppose, decades," he said of his relationship with the Prime Minister.

"I was a little bit disappointed when he commented in Parliament on whether Rebekah should resign or not because I didn’t really feel he had all of the facts at his finger tips to comment on that. When this is all over, I’m sure he’ll explain, ‘I’m sorry but I was, these are the pressures I was under on that particular day’.

"He also has pressures in this whole thing as well. So I don’t feel any anger towards him at all."

Andy Coulson has been found guilty of plotting to hack phones while he was editor of the News of the World.

Charlie Brooks was cleared of perverting the course of justice and his wife Rebekah has been cleared of all charges against her in the phone hacking trial.

Rebekah's former personal assistant Cheryl Carter was cleared of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and NI director of security Mark Hanna was also cleared of perverting the course of justice.

The jury is still considering further charges against Coulson and former NotW royal editor Clive Goodman of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying police officers for two royal directories.