Hacking disclosure ordered for Paul Gascoigne and others

Three more alleged victims of the phone hacking affair at the News of the World went to the High Court yesterday to try to gain more information to help their claims for damages.

They were former football star Paul Gascoigne, former MP George Galloway and Mick McGuire, former boss of the Professional Footballers’ Association.

Mr Justice Vos granted applications ordering the Metropolitan Police to disclose information which may relate to interception of their private voicemail.

This information is contained in notebooks forfeited by private detective Glenn Mulcaire after he was jailed for hacking into the private telephone calls of members of the royal household.

News of the World reporter Clive Goodman was also jailed for four months after he pleaded guilty to phone message interception charges in January 2007 when Mulcaire, whom the newspaper had paid for his work, was imprisoned for six months.

Comedian and actor Steve Coogan and sports commentator Andy Gray, who believe their mobile phones have also been hacked, have made applications to the same judge for more information.

They want Mulcaire to name those at the Sunday newspaper who allegedly accessed their mobile phone voicemail, and to know to whom the information was passed.

Mulcaire is refusing to disclose the details because he claims it is irrelevant to Coogan and Gray’s case.

He is also fighting the claim, using the right of legal privilege that to release the information could incriminate him.

Mr Justice Vos will give his ruling on that application tomorrow.

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