Celebs get phone-hacking damages from Mirror

Celebrities including actress Jennifer Ellison and former footballer Andrew Cole have received undisclosed damages over phone-hacking from Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN).

Others affected, more than a decade ago, were the model Danielle Lloyd, and Cole's former Manchester United teammate Dwight Yorke.

None was present at the High Court for the settlement of their claims for misuse of private information.

Lawyer Mark Elder said MGN's actions had a "massive emotional impact" on Mr Yorke, 46, and had significantly damaged his reputation.

Image:Andrew Cole during a legends game against Barcelona at Old Trafford

Ms Lloyd, 34, was "distressed and appalled" by what happened, while Ms Ellison, also 34, believed the hacking had adversely affected her career.

Mr Cole, 46, had distrusted people close to him after being targeted.

Mr Elder said that while his clients were "in the public eye", they had a "right to a private life, which should be respected".

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His clients were "happy with the outcome", he added.

MGN apologised for any damage or distress suffered as a result of the unlawful interception of voicemail messages.

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