Lord Justice Leveson on Tuesday thanked the press as the 97-day Leveson Inquiry came to an end.

He said reporters covering the inquiry in London during the past eight months had kept the public informed.

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Lord justice Leveson will report back as soon as he 'reasonably' can

The appeal court judge said he would produce a report as soon as he "reasonably" could.

"It's an interesting moment," said Lord Justice Leveson, after hearing a final submission from a barrister representing News International. "The gathering of formal evidence by the examination of witnesses is now at an end."

He added: "I thank the press who have reported on the inquiry ... for keeping everybody informed."

Lord Justice Leveson said he recognised the urgency of providing a report for ministers and interested parties, adding: "I will produce a report as soon as I reasonably can."