On Tuesday, it has now been revealed that the family of Sir Bobby Robson have joined those taking action against the newspapers.
The out of control newspaper groups now being held to account for their disgraceful widespread hacking of mobile phones.
The Guardian now naming Sir Bobby Robson as one of the alleged victims of the newspapers.
They say that along with Prince Harry, the family of the former Newcastle United manager are suing the publishers of The Sun for alleged interception of voicemails.
Back in April 2017, another former Newcastle manager, Kevin Keegan, was one of those found to have been a victim.
The owners of The Mirror (who also own The Chronicle) found to have hacked Keegan’s phone and the newspaper group forced to pay him damages.
These ongoing revelations have shown just how low the media have sunk in this country and hopefully this latest wave of legal actions will see massive financial penalties imposed on the newspaper groups involved.
From The Guardian report:
‘The current round of phone-hacking claims has received substantially more attention since Prince Harry launched proceedings against the publishers of both the Mirror and the Sun last month, as part of the all-out-war on tabloid media intrusion that he is fighting with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
Meanwhile, the family of the late Newcastle United manager and cancer fundraiser Sir Bobby Robson have separately launched legal action against the publisher of the Sun for alleged interception of his voicemails. His family declined to comment on the decision to start legal action in the name of the former England manager, who died in 2009 before the full scale of the phone-hacking scandal became apparent. Robson has not previously been named as a potential victim of illegal press intrusion.’
The Mag – 25 April 2017:
Kevin Keegan has received damages and an apology from Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) over phone-hacking.
The official media partner of Newcastle United settled with its latest group of victims on Tuesday, bringing the total to 44 celebrities/prominent figures who have settled with the newspaper group.
However, there is believed to be more than 100 people altogether who sued the newspaper group for intercepting phone calls.
Also owning local titles such as the Newcastle Chronicle, Journal, and the Sunday Sun, the Mirror Group Newspapers are reported to be looking at a final bill in excess of £50m once it has dealt with all the cases brought against them.
At the London High Court earlier today, Mr Justice Mann read out a list of individuals who had settled with the newspaper group and who were the subject of agreed statements.
As well as Kevin Keegan, today’s other victims who’d reached agreement on damages/apologies were Jeffrey Archer, Mary Archer, former Home Secretary Charles Clarke and actress Patsy Kensit.
Mirror Group Newspapers had agreed the payment of undisclosed damages and an apology, with the Press Gazette reporting that some of the settlements may exceed the £260,250 record damages awarded to actress and businesswoman Sadie Frost following an earlier High Court trial in 2015.
In the case of Kevin Keegan, the judge heard that MGN had agreed to pay him compensation and to join in a statement to apologise to him for the misuse of his private information.
Kevin Keegan’s solicitor, John Newell:
“Discovering that his private communications with his family, friends and associates had been unlawfully accessed was a devastating intrusion.
“When Kevin was contacted by the Met Police and informed that his mobile phone had been routinely hacked and that his personal information had been obtained unlawfully, he was shocked and appalled.
“The full extent of the hacking and the impact that this has had on Kevin’s personal and professional relationships may never be known.
“Kevin is pleased that Mirror Group have acknowledged their wrongdoing and publicly apologised. He feels vindicated and believes that justice has been done.”
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