Some new details from Jim Cusick at the Independent about the civil phone hacking cases involving the Trinity Mirror group.
The company has also been co-operating with the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Golding, by handing over evidence that could be connected to potential wrong-doing. Among the material given to the Met, and subsequently disclosed to victims’ lawyers, is a bundle of 22 emails, a cache of 587 calls from MGN landlines, and 51 invoices from private investigators which relate to four hacking claims.
One internal email sent by an MGN journalist to a colleague in March 2002 concerns information on the relationship between two former EastEnders actors, Lucy Benjamin and Steve McFadden. The two were in an off-screen relationship at that time.
Next MGN, owned by Trinity Mirror, now also accepts that 11 articles relating to Lucy Benjamin also known as Lucy Taggart were likely to have involved hacking.Although the company has redacted most of the emails handed over, to protect journalistic sources, the 2002 email states: “Also looks like Lucy Benjamin and Steve McFadden are still together – but might be something interesting on their phones.”
Another email from an MGN journalist dated July 2004, which is heavily redacted, states: “Jessie Wallace. Shane Richie”, before adding: “telephone hacking”. Ms Wallace and Mr Richie were both EastEnders actors at the time.