Gascoigne 'sues over phone hacking'


Paul Gascoigne is to sue the News of the World alleging he was a victim of phone-hacking, it has been reported

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne is the latest celebrity to sue the News of the World alleging he was a victim of phone-hacking, it has been reported.

Comedian Steve Coogan has also issued proceedings and Chris Tarrant, the television presenter, and the jockey Kieran Fallon are also expected to launch legal actions soon, according to The Observer newspaper.

Actress Sienna Miller has already lodged documents in the High Court in connection with the scandal.

The latest development came after prosecutors announced they are to trawl through all the material collected by Scotland Yard linked to the phone hacking scandal in a move which could spark fresh prosecutions.

Reporter Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were jailed over the controversy in January 2007 after they admitted intercepting messages at the Old Bailey.

Director of Prosecutions Keir Starmer said the “comprehensive assessment” of evidence would ascertain whether further criminal charges could be brought.

Speaking to The Observer, Gascoigne’s solicitor, Gerald Shamash, confirmed proceedings would be issued within days. “All being well we will probably issue this week,” he said.

Mr Shamash claimed that Gascoigne is in a vulnerable mental state and that his recovery had been hindered because of the trauma of believing that his phone had been hacked. “It has made things even more difficult for his general wellbeing,” he told the paper.

Gascoigne has been fighting drink and drug problems for a number of years and been in and out of rehabilitation clinics.

A News of the World spokeswoman said: “We will, of course, co-operate fully with any inquiries relating to the assessment by the CPS.”

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