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Theakston among 22 reaching phone-hacking settlement

Heart FM presenter Jamie Theakston was among 22 accepting damages in the latest wave. Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

Radio DJ Jamie Theakston, Jade Goody's former boyfriend Jeff Brazier and Colin Stagg, the man wrongly accused of murdering Rachel Nickell, are among the latest names to agree damages cases brought over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

The trio were among 22 claimants to have recently accepted offers of substantial damages from the now-defunct newspaper's publisher News Group, London's High Court heard today.

Others among the group are Lisa Brash, former girlfriend of Robbie Williams, golfer Colin Montgomerie's ex-wife Eimear Cook, and Major David Brooks, a relative by marriage of Mr Justice Vos, the judge presiding over the litigation.

A number of other settlements are likely before the end of the year.