London: The publishers of the British media firm the Daily Mirror have become embroiled in the phone hacking scandal after it emerged that four individuals have launched legal action against the company’s titles.
The claims relate to Mirror Group Newspapers, which also publishes the Sunday People and the Sunday Mirror.
The four claimants were reported to be Sven-Goran Eriksson, the former England football manager, Shobna Gulati, the Coronation Street actress, Abbie Gibson, a former nanny for the Beckham family, and Garry Flitcroft, the former footballer, the Telegraph reports.
According to the paper, Eriksson’s claim is believed to relate to the Daily Mirror during a period when Piers Morgan was editor.
The claims allege “breach of confidence and misuse of private information” relating to the “interception and/or misuse of mobile phone voicemail messages and/or the interception of telephone accounts”, according to a report by the Financial Times.
Mark Lewis, the solicitor for the four claimants, said that unlike cases involving the News of the World cases, in which a list of alleged victims was found in a notebook, there was no paper trail this time.
“There might not be a documentary smoking gun, but we will show there is a smoking bullet, the consequence of the actions,” the paper quoted Lewis, as saying.