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Duchess settles hacking case

The Duchess of York has settled her phone hacking damages claim with News Group Newspapers at the High Court. She is to receive a public apology and damages. 17 others have also settled their claims over hacking.

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James Blunt among 17 News of the World hacking settlements

Statements of behalf of 17 people who have settled their claims were read out before Mr Justice Vos today as part of actions brought against News Group Newspapers, publishers of the now defunct News of the World newspaper.

James Blunt has reached a settlement with News Group Newspapers Credit: PA

They include singer James Blunt, former Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston, entertainer Uri Geller - who was present in court - actor Hugh Grant, former Labour Government minister Geoffrey Robinson and Colin Stagg, who was wrongly accused of murdering Rachel Nickell.

Other statements being read out today are on behalf of TV presenter Jeff Brazier, actress and singer Kerry Katona, presenter June Sarpong and anthropologist and adventurer Christopher Terrill.

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