Phone hacking used to listen in on Blunkett’s voicemails

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Emotional telephone messages between Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP David Blunkett and his married lover Kimberley Quinn were illegally intercepted by hacking, a court heard.

The trial of News of the World journalists and executives including Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson was told voicemails were intercepted on behalf of the Sunday tabloid in 2004.

Tapes containing the messages were found in the safe of the News of the World’s legal manager and at the home of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, prosecutor Andrew Edis QC said.

The messages were used as the basis for stories in the newspaper, the court heard.

Brooks, Coulson and other defendants deny conspiracy to hack phones. The trial continues.