Journalists stunned by News of the World closure

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SOUTH Tyneside journalists today told of their shock and anger after the plug was pulled on the News Of The World.

Sunday’s edition of the tabloid will be the last – after 168 years.

Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire, from South Shields, said he was “astonished” at yesterday’s announcement, adding that News International chief Rebekah Brooks – who was editor of the NOTW when murdered 13-year-old Milly Dowler’s phone was allegedly hacked – should have been axed.

Maguire, from South Shields, said: “It is astonishing that 168 years of history had been wiped out, but that Rebekah Brooks is still there.”

On his Twitter site, he added: “Cynical if to clinch BSkyB, sell a Sun on Sunday.”

Former Gazette reporter Gareth Crickmer, who was a freelancer for the NOTW, added: “It must not be forgotten that, at its best, the paper has played a unique role in uncovering wrongdoing, and its demise should not be celebrated.”