Former News of the World managing editor Stuart Kuttner knew a colleague had information taken from the voicemail of missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler - but denied asking reporters to target mobiles, the phone hacking trial has heard.

Kuttner, of Woodford Green, Essex, denies ­conspiring with former NotW editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson and others to hack phones between 2000 and 2009.

He described accusations that he conspired with others to hack phones - allegations that ultimately brought an end to the Sunday tabloid - as "completely false" and "utterly baseless".

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Kuttner told the Old Bailey he was aware of only one example of a NotW ­journalist being in possession of a hacked voicemail message - that of 13-year-old Milly, who was abducted and killed by Levi Bellfield on her way home from school in March 2002.

The 74-year-old told the court he contacted Surrey Police on April 13, 2002, saying the paper may have "significant information" relevant to the inquiry.

The information came from a voicemail on Milly's phone appearing to offer her a job interview

The message turned out to be left on the schoolgirl's phone erroneously by a recruitment agency who had contacted the wrong number.