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Mirror to pay £1.2m to hacked celebrities

By Jan Colley

Record damages have been awarded to celebrity phone hacking victims - including former footballer Paul Gascoigne and actress Sadie Frost - as the High Court heard that dozens more claims are in the pipeline.

A judge in London awarded a total of around £1.2m to eight individuals in actions against Mirror Group Newspapers, which lawyers described as "unparalleled".

Frost, who was present in court, received the highest sum of £260,250, with ex-England footballer Gascoigne being awarded £188,250.

After the figures were announced, Mr Justice Mann was told that about 70 other claims were outstanding, and that a further 10 had settled.

A string of celebrities, politicians and others have previously received payouts over the News of the World phone hacking scandal. Settlements included £130,000 for actor Jude Law, £100,000 for actress Sienna Miller, £40,000 to Lord Prescott, and £50,000 to Ms Frost.

Trinity Mirror, which owns MGN, said it was considering an appeal, but revealed that it had set aside a further £4m to cover the cost of more claims, taking the total to £16m.

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