| 4.9°C Dublin

More celebs settle cases with Mirror over hacking

Singing legend Cilla Black (inset) is among the latest group of celebrities to settle phone hacking damages claims for "substantial" damages, the High Court in London has heard.

A judge in London was told that EastEnders star Jessie Wallace, singer Peter Andre and actor and singer Darren Day have also settled actions against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) - publisher of the Mirror and Sunday Mirror.

Their barrister David Sherborne told Mr Justice Mann today that the actions related to the "widespread and habitual practice of voicemail interception and the unlawful obtaining of personal information" which took place from 2000 to 2006.

Mr Sherborne said the 10 individuals "all believe that they have now achieved everything which they set out to achieve through the pursuit of these proceedings".

Matthew Nicklin QC, for the defendant, said MGN "accepts that the methods which were used to obtain private information about these 10 individuals through the unlawful accessing of their voicemails and the obtaining of their personal information should never have been employed and, further, that there was no legitimate justification for this or the publication of the articles about their private lives to which Mr Sherborne refers, and which were based on information obtained through these unlawful methods".