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Royal family members 'leaked stories to Press'

By Emily Pennink

Former News of the World reporter Clive Goodman has told the hacking trial that some of his sources were members of the royal family.

Goodman told the Old Bailey he had dozens of sources during his time as royal editor, only some of whom he paid.

The 56-year-old, of Addlestone, Surrey, who denies conspiring to commit misconduct in public office, was questioned in the witness box for a second day.

Asked by his lawyer David Spens QC about the nature of his contacts, Goodman said: "Some worked for the royal family, some were friends of the royal family, indeed some were members of the royal family themselves."

He said he created two false identities which he used to pay sources for tips, in particular someone he thought was a freelance journalist, and a newspaper executive. He claimed neither had first-hand knowledge and he had to stand up the details himself.

Mr Spens told the trial the system of using false names to arrange payments was known by the management at the News of the World.

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