Saturday 20 January 2018

Daily Mirror the first paper outside Murdoch group to face phone-hack claims by stars

Shobna Gulati: lodged claim against Mirror Group Newspapers
Shobna Gulati: lodged claim against Mirror Group Newspapers
Sven-Goran Eriksson
Former Premiership footballer Garry Flitcroft

Tim Moynihan

Four people are taking action against the publishers of the Daily Mirror over alleged phone hacking.

Media lawyer Mark Lewis said he was acting for all four claimants - former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, Coronation Street actress Shobna Gulati, Abbie Gibson, a former nanny for the Beckham family, and Garry Flitcroft, the former captain of Blackburn Rovers football team.



The allegations related to newspapers in the Mirror Group Newspapers stable - the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People, he said.



The claims allege breach of confidence and misuse of private information relating to the interception and/or misuse of mobile phone voicemail messages and/or the interception of telephone accounts.



It is thought to be the first time that actions over alleged phone hacking have been launched against newspapers outside Rupert Murdoch's News International.



Trinity Mirror shares fell 11pc today, reversing some of the recent strong gains for the stock.



Johnathan Barrett, an analyst at N+1 Singer, said: "The shares have been very strong and buoyed by an improved nationals advertising market and the likelihood of greater cost savings in 2013.



"The claims will weigh on the shares, in part because many had assumed the subject was fading away as an issue."



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