Norwich City joint majority shareholder Delia Smith and former city MP Charles Clarke have been formally named as alleged victims of phone hacking.

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The pair’s names were among more than 600 phone-hacking victims targeted by people working directly for, or on behalf of, the News of the World.

The details emerged yesterday as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced eight people are facing a total of 19 charges relating to phone-hacking.

They include David Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson, and ex-editor of the now defunct News of the World, who will face five charges, including the alleged hacking of phones belonging to associates of former Labour home secretary Mr Clarke.

It is alleged the offence relating to Mr Clarke took place between April 6, 2005, and June 22, 2005.

Others charged in connection to the same offence are former journalists from the paper Greg Miskiw, Ian Edmondson, Neville Thurlbeck, James Weatherup and private detective Glenn Mulcaire.

Mr Clarke, Norwich South MP until 2010, said: “The Metropolitan Police informed me last year that efforts had been made to hack my phone.

“I have given the Metropolitan Police a statement and I told them I would be prepared to give evidence if charges were brought.”

The CPS also announced it would bring charges against Mr Miskiw and Mr Mulcaire in relation to the hacking of a phone belonging to celebrity chef Ms Smith.

It is said this offence took place between February 28, 2005, and March 12, 2005, and included unlawfully intercepting voicemail messages of Ms Smith and two associates, including her husband Michael Wynn-Jones.

The Evening News contacted Ms Smith yesterday, but she was unwilling to make a statement on the matter.

The accused facing CPS charges also include former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and former News Of The World managing editor Stuart Cutter.

Mr Coulson, who was Downing Street communications chief up until January 2011, said outside his London home yesterday that he was “extremely disappointed” by the decision to prosecute.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch closed the News Of The World in July last year after it emerged it had hacked the mobile phone of the murdered school girl Milly Dowler - an incident that some of the other charges brought yesterday related to.

They are the first charges for phone-hacking brought since 2006, when the News Of The World’s royal editor Clive Goodman was charged with illegally accessing messages on phones belonging to royal aides.

Ms Brooks said: “The charge concerning Milly Dowler is particularly upsetting not only as it is untrue but also because I have spent my journalistic career campaigning for victims of crime. I will vigorously defend these allegations.”

Anger over the phone-hacking scandal, which saw Mr Murdoch’s bid to take over broadcaster BSkyB scuppered, led to the Prime Minister establishing the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics, which is now in its final stages.

5 comments

  • Ithink we have always known that hacking takes place even by I ntelligence sources in government Could be really embarrasing if details come out on subjects of phone discussions

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    No to tory boy

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Leveson has shone a light on corruption,in the press,in politics and the police.The law must take its course to get justice for all the victims.The judge-led inquiry model has worked.Now please the same for the banking system and put the criminal bankers in front of the criminal courts too.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • I honestly cannot see the point in these prosecutions, which will be no more than show trials. Mega compo has been paid out by News International. One national Sunday has been forced to close and the reputation of many high profile journalists and editors have been ruined for every. The only winners here on in will be the lawyers. Each of the 8 accused will no doubt have their own QC, who will have their support team behind them. The legal bill will run into millions and quiet honestly do the rest of us really care anymore? We know what happened. The blood money has been paid, let`s just get on with life.

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    BG

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Also never again will the "few bad apples"argument hold any water.Corruption is systemic and it starts at the top of the tree.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • I honestly cannot see the point in these prosecutions, which will be no more than show trials. Mega compo has been paid out by News International. One national Sunday has been forced to close and the reputation of many high profile journalists and editors have been ruined for every. The only winners here on in will be the lawyers. Each of the 8 accused will no doubt have their own QC, who will have their support team behind them. The legal bill will run into millions and quiet honestly do the rest of us really care anymore? We know what happened. The blood money has been paid, let`s just get on with life.

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    BG

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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