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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.


Gascoigne: 'I thought about jumping in front of a train'

Paul Gascoigne's mental problems affected his family relationships Credit: PA

Paul Gascoigne has revealed the heartache he suffered in spite of the benefits that his fame as a football star brought.

The former England midfielder spoke frankly when he gave evidence at the High Court in the Mirror phone hacking trial and afterwards revealed more of the agonies he suffered in the glare of publicity.

In a written statement to the court, the 47-year-old described how he suffered from 'mental illness, including paranoia, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation.' He added he was also 'bipolar' with an 'addictive personality'.

He said the period between 2000 and 2006 was very difficult, mentally and physically, and he wrongly accused people close to him, such as his stepdaughter Bianca, of going to the newspapers with stories about him.

"I felt that I could not cope with the media attention any more and I seriously thought about jumping in front of a train," Gascoigne said.

Gascoigne accuses Mirror newspapers of 'bottling it' at trial

Paul Gascoigne has accused Mirror Group Newspapers of 'bottling it' after they refused to cross-examine him at the phone hacking trial.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and England football star briefly spoke to reporters as he left the High Court in London after giving evidence at the hearing to determine what compensation should be paid by MGN in eight representative cases.

After answering questions given by his counsel, David Sherborne, Gascoigne was told he would not face cross-examination by Matthew Nicklin QC, for MGN, and his evidence was going unchallenged

Gascoigne: 'These guys have ruined my life'

Paul Gascoigne (centre) arrives at the High Court Credit: PA

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne told the High Court how the Mirror had wrecked his life by hacking his phone.

At the time I was going through a bad time because I knew I was getting hacked, 110%. Of course (people) wouldn't believe it - my family and Mr McKeown (therapist Johnny McKeown).

"As I was speaking to him on the phone, it clicked again. He told me I was paranoid, I was going through a mental disorder.

"I said 'No, there's f***-all wrong with me'. I knew, I knew. I put the phone down... I've never told a lie, nothing to lie about, nothing."

After speaking briefly, Gascoigne was told he would not face cross-examination by Matthew Nicklin QC, for MGN, and his evidence was going unchallenged.

He replied: "I have waited 15 years to be sat here so I am disgusted, really. "I would like to trade my mobile phone in for a coffin because these guys have ruined my life. I have no life."


Tearful Gascoigne in witness box in Mirror hacking trial

The former England footballer said he knew he was being hacked Credit: PA

Paul Gascoigne has revealed to the High Court how he was 'too scared' to talk to anyone because he knew his phone was being hacked.

The 47-year-old former England footballer was clearly emotional as he started giving evidence at the hearing in London.

His voice hoarse and shaking with emotion, Gascoigne said: "I knew I was getting hacked by the Mirror. This continued for ages. Phone calls to my father and family were getting blocked so I changed my mobile. It happened again so I kept on changing mobiles, five or six times a month."

ITV News reporter Rebecca Barry was in court:

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