`News of the World' fined pounds 50,000

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The News of the World was fined pounds 50,000 for contempt of court yesterday and accused of "trumpeting" its own role in helping to expose criminals at the expense of the criminal justice system.

In 1994 the newspaper ran a story under the headline "We Smash pounds 100m Fake Cash Ring" that led to the trial being stayed of Tony Yetter Hassan and Anthony John Caldori. Lord Justice Pill, sitting with Mr Justice Astill, said the article "beyond doubt constituted a contempt of court".