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Phone hacking trial: Andy Coulson told Ian Edmondson to 'do' Calum Best's phone

Calum Best was a target of phone hacking by the News of the World, the Old Bailey was told on Friday.

At the trial of former editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, it was claimed that Calum, the son of the late Northern Irish footballer George Best, had fathered a child with a woman called Lorna Hogan and the News of the World planned to run a story.

Andrew Edis QC, for the prosecution, produced a series of emails between Mr Coulson, the editor, and Mr Edmondson, news editor on the paper, in which the pair discussed the possibility that they might lose a possible exclusive story.

Coulson was concerned that the story might get leaked because Best had "close mates inside NotW".

Edmondson told him in an email on May 20 2006: "I know she is a nightmare but at the moment I'm looking at every little thing. Same thing happened before, Calum bragging I have close mates inside NotW."

The court heard Coulson replied: "Do his phone."

Mr Edis said that these three words were very significant and told jurors they would have to weigh up what he meant.

Alleged victims of hacking by the newspaper had included a long list of famous figures including Sienna Miller, Jude Law, politicians Lord Archer, Nigel Farage and Mark Oaten, pop singer Kerry Katona and various individuals connected to the Royal family including spokesman Paddy Harverson, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a private secretary to Princes William and Harry, and Tom Parker-Bowles.

Mr Coulson, another former NotW editor Rebekah Brooks, former managing editor Stuart Kuttner and former news editor Ian Edmondson all deny charges of conspiring to unlawfully intercept communications.

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