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Paul Gascoigne becomes hacking test case

Paul Gascoigne
Image caption Paul Gascoigne's and the other test cases could provide a framework for other claims

Paul Gascoigne will be one of the four test cases for alleged victims of News of the World phone-hacking.

The ex-footballer's civil damages claim against News Group Newspapers will be assessed at the High Court in January.

The former footballer has moved on to the list after football pundit Andy Gray settled his case for £20,000.

Scotland Yard is investigating claims that reporters for the newspaper hacked into the messages of celebrities and public figures between 2005 and 2006.

The other test cases concern actor Jude Law, sports agent Sky Andrew, interior designer Kelly Hoppen and MP Chris Bryant.

Judgements on the claims by Lord Justice Vos could create a framework for action from some 91 alleged victims.

The cases arise out of the disclosure of information by the Metropolitan Police relating to material forfeited by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

He and former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman were jailed over royal phone tapping in 2007.

News International recently apologised for "voicemail interception" between 2004 and 2006 and announced it was setting up a compensation fund to deal with "justifiable claims fairly and efficiently".

Five alleged victims have reached out-of-court settlements with the newspaper, including celebrity publicist Max Clifford, who reportedly received £1m.

Earlier this month, the News of the World apologised in court and formally settled for £100,000 with actress Sienna Miller for hacking into several of her mobile phones.