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Mirror Group Newspapers apologise for hacking

Barristers acting for Mirror Group Newspapers today apologised for the "damage and distress" caused to the celebrities by phone hacking.

Matthew Nicklin, QC, acting on behalf of MGN, said there was no legitimate justification for the hacking or the publication of articles about the celebrities private lives, which were based on information obtained through "unlawful methods".

"MGN is here today, through me, to offer its sincere apologies to these claimants for the damage and distress caused to them by hacking into their voicemail messages and by obtaining private information about them, including the use of blagging," Mr Nicklin said.

Mirror and People pay out over phone hacking claims

Peter Andre Credit: PA Wire

The phone hacking claims were brought against The Daily Mirror, The Sunday People and The People newspapers for "misuse of private information", the barrister acting for the celebrities said.

Barrister David Sherborne read out statements on behalf of each of the celebrities and told the High Court the individuals all bring claims that cover "unlawful activity" by each of the Mirror Group Newspapers titles over a lengthy period.

"They have all expressed their feelings of distress and anger that their private information has been treated in this way, and their privacy has been so grossly violated by these newspapers solely for profit," the barrister added.

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Martin Fowler set to return to Eastenders

Martin Fowler is set to return to Eastenders with a new actor set to take on the role.

James Bye is set to take over the role of Martin Fowler. Credit: BBC/Eastenders

James Bye will take over from James Alexandrou, who left the soap in 2007 after 11 years.

He will join his wife Sonia in returning to Walford as he bids to save his marriage and spend more time with teenage daughter Rebecca.

Bye said he was honoured to be joining Eastenders as part of the iconic Fowler clan.

Iconic villain Nasty Nick is also set to return to Albert Square later this month.

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