Statement - Marcus Hutchins

"I'm absolutely delighted that Marcus is tonight a free man and has been spared a jail sentence - it's exactly the right outcome and will be widely welcomed here in North Devon and beyond.

"I began corresponding with his mum, Janet, soon after Marcus' arrest, and wrote to the Foreign office to ensure he was receiving all the consular assistance he needed from our teams in the US.​​

"Then as the case progressed, I met Janet at my surgery in Ilfracombe.  She is a remarkable woman who has worked so hard to support her son.  She put me in touch with Marcus' brilliant legal team in the US, and after a number of conference calls with the lawyers we agreed I should write to the trial judge. I made clear in my letter that Marcus had used his skills to defeat a potentially devastating cyber attack on the NHS, and asked that this should be taken into account during sentencing.​

"I am so pleased that the US Justice system - which is very different from ours - has come good in the end, and that Marcus will not be going to jail.  I hope he'll soon be returning to his fantastic mum and to his family home here in North Devon".

Peter Heaton-Jones MP