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Shaun Russell among hack claimants

The father of Josie Russell, who survived a frenzied hammer attack in which her sister and mother were killed, is suing News International over alleged phone hacking by the News of the World.

Shaun Russell is reportedly among a raft of new claimants who have issued legal writs against the group which owned the former tabloid.

Sara Payne, the mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah, Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell, pop star Dannii Minogue, and 7/7 hero Paul Dadge are also suing Rupert Murdoch's media company over alleged voicemail interception, sources said.

In July 1996, Mr Russell's daughter Josie was walking in a quiet country lane in Kent, with her younger sister Megan and mother Lin when they were tied up and beaten by killer Michael Stone.

Lin, 45, and Megan, six, were killed while Josie, then aged nine, survived despite suffering terrible head injuries. The murders and subsequent hunt for Stone were the subject of intense media interest.

Other well-known figures and celebrities claiming damages against News International included politician Lord Prescott, actor Jude Law, comedian Steve Coogan and ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne.

Kylie Minogue also revealed she suspected her phone may have been hacked while she was suffering from breast cancer.

She said being in the public eye had been a "blessing" because of the support she received but a "curse" because of occasional media intrusion.

Asked if her phone had been hacked, she added: "It may have been."

The singer, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 but given the all-clear the following year, was speaking after receiving an honorary degree from Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, for her work to promote cancer awareness.


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