Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft among stars claiming phones were hacked

Garry Flitcroft

Garry Flitcroft

First published in Chorley

FORMER Blackburn Rovers captain Garry Flitcroft is one of four people who have issued High Court claims against the publisher of the Daily Mirror and The People newspapers over allegations of phone hacking.

The three other claimants are Coronation Street actress Shobna Gulati, Abbie Gibson, a former nanny who looked after David and Victoria Beck-ham’s family, and former England and Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.

The court claims refer to allegations of ‘breach of confidence and misuse of private information’ from the ‘interception and/or misuse of mobile phone voicemail messages and telephone accounts’.

Parent company Trinity Mirror has not made any comment on the matter.

Flitcroft, who played more than 250 times for Blackburn Rovers over eight seasons between 1996 and 2004, became manager of Chorley FC in May 2010.

Miss Gulati, has supported several East Lancashire charities, particularly fundraising for cancer sufferer Madison Allan and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, named after the murdered Bacup teenager, which campaigns for greater tolerance among young-sters.

The claims come weeks before Lord Justice Leveson is due to unveil his proposals for the regulation of the UK press.

In November 2011, Flitcroft appeared at the Leveson inquiry.

He said he had tried to stop a tabloid paper publishing details of his adultery and suggested today that journalists may have hacked his phone.

Flitcroft, who lives in Turton, took out an injunction in April 2001 to prevent the People news-paper running a ‘kiss and tell’ story about a brief affair.

Flitcroft told the inquiry into press standards that he ‘strongly suspected’ that reporters hacked his phone to discover details of a second woman with whom he had an affair.

He said: “That is just speculation. I have no evidence at all.

“It just seems a massive coincidence that the same newspaper gets two girls in the space of a couple of months.”

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