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Jamie Theakston settles damages claim over phone hacking

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Jamie Theakston has agreed a settlement with News International over claims his voicemail was hacked by journalists at the News of the World.

The TV presenter is one of 22 people who accepted offers of compensation from News Group Newspapers, which used to publish the now-closed Sunday tabloid.

Jeff Brazier, Robbie Williams' ex-girlfriend Lisa Brash and golfer Colin Montgomerie's ex-wife Eimear Cook are among the other public figures to have settled civil claims.

The high court was told yesterday (Friday, December 14) that the 22 claimants were offered "substantial damages" in order to end action against the publisher, The Guardian reports.

A large number of claims are still outstanding. Lead counsel Hugh Tomlinson QC told the court that other litigants were likely to agree a payout before January.

However, he added: "It is also right to say that there will remain a substantial number of claims going forward."

Former East 17 star Brian Harvey and his ex-wife Natasha Carnegie are among the new claimants in the case, with the total number of people seeking damages from News International rising to 171.

> Rebekah Brooks received £10.8 million News International payout
> The Times editor James Harding quits
> News International chief executive Tom Mockridge to leave company

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