'Thousands' affected by hacking
The News of the World phone-hacking scandal could have affected thousands of people, it has been claimed.
Lawyer Charlotte Harris, who represents several of the celebrities involved, said up to 7,000 people may have had their mobile phone voicemail intercepted.
The claim comes as the News of the World publicly apologised to victims in the latest edition of the newspaper, saying: "Here today, we publicly and unreservedly apologise to all such individuals. What happened to them should not have happened. It was and remains unacceptable."
Ms Harris, whose clients include Sky Andrew, said the position for the football agent was the same as that of publicist Nicola Phillips and actress Sienna Miller - who have said that they would not accept a settlement from the newspaper until they had received full disclosure. She said: "What we have at the moment is an apology and an admission, having been working on this for a very long time. We haven't even got near the truth yet."
Discussing the number of phones which could have been hacked into, Ms Harris said: "If you consider that if you hack into one person's phone, you have access to everyone who has left a message for them. And then, if you go into the person who has left a message, you get all of theirs.
"You have got to be running into several thousand, just from that methodology. To put a figure on it, it is certainly not a handful - maybe 4,000, 6,000, 7,000 - a huge amount of people."
There has been widespread condemnation of the phone-hacking, with Cabinet minister Danny Alexander describing it as "outrageous". He said it was a "very serious scandal" and that court cases and the police investigation "must go forward".
Shadow Welsh secretary Peter Hain also stressed the importance of the police investigation, and added: "Who knows what they were up to really? This is a really serious media scandal."
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called for all newspaper editors to declare any phone hacking by their own staff, saying there needed to be "a general truth and reconciliation commission".
It is understood that along with Miller, the company has issued apologies to former culture secretary Tessa Jowell, her estranged husband lawyer David Mills and footballer turned broadcaster Andy Gray. Mr Andrew, Ms Phillips and Joan Hammell, a former special adviser to Lord Prescott, are also believed to have received apologies through their solicitors.