Jury in trial of Sun's Anthony France retires to consider verdict

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a Sun reporter accused of getting story tips from a police officer.

Crime reporter Anthony France, 41, is on trial at the Old Bailey over allegations he cultivated a "corrupt relationship" with PC Timothy Edwards over four years.

While working at Heathrow Airport in SO15 Counter Terrorism Command, Edwards, 49, allegedly sold 38 stories and titbits of information to the journalist in exchange for more than £22,000.

France, from Watford, denies the charge of aiding and abetting Edwards to commit misconduct in a public office between March 2008 and July 2011.

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