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'Hacked' McCartney will call police

Sir Paul McCartney has said that he plans to contact police over allegations that his voicemail messages were intercepted, it was reported.

His remark came after his ex-wife, Heather Mills, claimed a senior Mirror Group journalist admitted hacking voicemails left for her by the former Beatle.

Sir Paul told the Television Critics Association in Ohio that the allegation that Heather's phone had been hacked was something he wanted to speak to police about, the Associated Press reported.

In comments delivered via a video feed, he said: "Apparently I have been hacked."

Sir Paul branded hacking "horrendous", adding that he would be in touch with police as soon as he had finished his summer tour.

"I will be talking to them about that," he said. "I don't think it's great. I do think it is a horrendous violation of privacy, and I do think it's been going on a long time, and I do think more people than we know knew about it.

"But I think I should just listen and hear what the facts are before I comment."

This came after Heather told BBC2's Newsnight programme that the Mirror Group journalist made the admission in 2001. The BBC, which declined to name the journalist allegedly involved, said it was not Piers Morgan, who was editor of the Daily Mirror at the time.

But the message in question appeared to be the same as one which Morgan later admitted listening to, a spokesman for the programme said.

Morgan issued a statement describing Heather's claims as "unsubstantiated".

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