Former South Yorkshire officer settles phone hacking claim

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A former top South Yorkshire Police officer has settled his phone-hacking damages claim at the High Court.

Former assistant chief constable Stephen Chamberlain and his wife Helen, a superintendent with Nottinghamshire Police, were among four settlements announced today, along with models Katie ‘Jordan’ Price, Lauren Pope and Gemma Atkinson.

Mr Justice Mann heard they all received undisclosed damages and an apology from News Group Newspapers.

Solicitor Kirsten Sjovoll told the court Mr Chamberlain and his wife were targeted from at least 2003, when they both worked for South Yorkshire Police and NGN discovered they were in a relationship.

They were unable to understand how information concerning their private lives came to be published in The Sun and the News of the World and became concerned about the security of their private information and their mobile phones in particular.

In 2012, they were contacted by officers from Operation Weeting and told a number of their private details were included in the notebooks of a private investigator engaged by NGN.

The court heard they were shocked and distressed to discover they had been targeted and felt they had been placed under surveillance.

In January, they issued proceedings for misuse of private information, breach of confidence and harassment. In May, NGN accepted liability and made an offer to settle their claims with an apology and the payment of damages and costs.

Ms Rose said: “NGN offers its sincere apologies.”