Sun journalist Nick Parker denies MP phone charges

Nick Parker
Image caption Nick Parker has been granted unconditional bail

Sun journalist Nick Parker has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the theft of an MP's mobile phone.

The 52-year-old is accused of receiving stolen goods and unauthorised access to computer material. He was released on bail by Westminster magistrates.

A second man Michael Ankers, 29, who is charged with stealing the phone and appeared in the court later, did not enter a plea. He was also granted bail.

The phone belonged to the Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhain McDonagh.

The alleged offences are said to have happened between 17 and 21 October 2010.

Mr Parker, the Sun's chief foreign correspondent, stood in the dock at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court and spoke only to confirm his name and address.

His next court date is a preliminary hearing at the Old Bailey on November 22.

Mr Ankers, of south-west London, did not enter a plea when he appeared in court charged with stealing a mobile phone of unknown value.

He spoke only to state his name and age, that he was of no fixed address and he "did not wish to plead".

The case was sent for trial at the Old Bailey and a preliminary hearing on November 22.