Ex-footballer takes action over alleged hacking
8:30am Wednesday 24th October 2012 in Local
FORMER Premier League footballer Garry Flitcroft is one of four people taking action against the publishers of the Daily Mirror over alleged phone hacking, it has emerged.
Media lawyer Mark Lewis said he was acting for all four claimants — former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, Coronation Street actress Shobna Gulati, Abbie Gibson, a former nanny for the Beckham family, and Mr Flitcroft, the former Manchester City player and captain of Blackburn Rovers who lives in Bromley Cross.
The allegations related to newspapers in the Mirror Group Newspapers stable — the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People, he said.
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.
Mr Flitcroft told the Leveson inquiry into press standards last year that he believed his phone was hacked — and that press intrusion was linked to his father’s suicide.
He had taken out an injunction in 2001, to prevent the Sunday People running a “kiss and tell” story about a brief affair.
This was overturned by the Court of Appeal in 2002, leading to public humiliation when his name was disclosed.
At the inquiry, Mr Flitcroft did admit he had no firm evidence his voicemail messages were illegally intercepted.