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Sadie Frost: 'I couldn't trust my closest friends'

Sadie Frost has admitted that she was relieved she wasn't going mad, after she first heard that her phones had been hacked by Trinity Mirror newspapers.

The actor and businesswoman said that she had lost trust in her closest friends and family, and was in a "very lonely place"

She said: "When I found out I was hacked, things began to make sense."

Mirror is 'considering appeal' over size of damages

A spokesperson for Trinity Mirror said that the group believed that "the basis used for calculating the damages is incorrect" and that it would be considering asking leave for an appeal.

Trinity Mirror notes the judgment released today by Justice Mann. We have said all along that we would pay full, fair and proper compensation to the claimants and that is not in dispute. However, damages need to be proportionate to compensation awarded in previous cases of physical and mental suffering.

We are currently reviewing the judgment, which is of some length, however our current view is that the basis used for calculating the damages is incorrect, and as such we are considering whether to seek permission to appeal.

– Trinity Mirror


'An important result for all victims of press intrusion'

The lead solicitor for the claimants in the hacking case against the Mirror Group has hailed today's damages as "an important result for all victims of press intrusion".

James Heath of Atkins Thomson said it had "taken a brave and determined group of claimants to finally bring this newspaper group to account".

The Judge found that phone hacking by Mirror Group’s newspapers was widespread, institutionalised and long standing. He found there to be intrusion into the private lives of the claimants, which ranged from “serious” to “enormous”. The very substantial awards of damages reflect this gross intrusion.

– James Heath, lead solicitor

Paul Gascoigne 'delighted and relieved' with result

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Paul Gascoigne's solicitor has said his client is "delighted and relieved" by the ruling in today's hacking trial.

However, he was said to be "frustrated" that he wasn't cross-examined "so that he could explain in detail the awful impact the hacking of his phone has had upon him, his family and close friends, his health and general well-being".

Mr Gascoigne says that he now wishes to put the matter behind him.


Mirror phone hacking damages ruling due

Former footballers Gary Mabutt (centre left) and Paul Gascoigne (centre right) at the High Court in March Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

Damages will be awarded to the victims of phone-hacking by the Mirror Group by a High Court judge today.

Celebrities are due in court to hear Mr Justice Mann's ruling on the amount of money to be awarded, a decision which will shape the course of forthcoming cases.

Personalities like ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne, TV executive Alan Yentob, actress Sadie Frost, soap stars Shane Richie, Shobna Gulati and Lucy Taggart gave evidence during a three-week hearing in March, alongside the partners of stars like Rio Ferdinand and Tracy Shaw.

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