Now Trinity Mirror’s People newspaper is dragged into UK phone hacking scandal

In leaked evidence submitted to an employment tribunal in 2007 former People journalist David Brown has alleged the the paper’s reporters hacked into the phones of various celebrities including TV presenters Ulrika Jonsson (pictured) and Noel Edmonds.

In a witness statement Brown said: “A number of the methods used to pry into individuals’ lives were illegal and I have little doubt that if these people knew they had been spied upon, they would take legal action for breach of their right to privacy.

“I was sent to Sweden to doorstep and confront a British man living in Stockholm after being told he had been in mobile phone contact with the TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson on the basis of information being gleaned from her mobile phone.”

This supports earlier accusations about hacking made by Jonsson herself as well as casting an interested light on some of things the tabloid press of the time deemed worthy of ‘doorstepping,’ itself an intrusion into privacy.

Brown further alleged that legal managers at the paper, owned by Trinity Mirror, publisher of the Daily Mirror, had actively covered up evidence of phone hacking. His case was settled out of court and he signed a confidentiality agreement.

It’s remarkable that the UK phone hacking scandal has so far been confined to News international’s News of the World. High profile former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has strenuously denied he was ever involved in phone hacking. Morgan was editor of the Daily Mirror from 1995 to 2004.

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Stephen is a former editor of Marketing Week and London Evening Standard advertising columnist. He wrote City Republic for Brand Republic and is a partner in communications consultancy The Editorial Partnership.