From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Hundreds of hacking calls made from a NI private number, court hears
Thursday 28 November 2013 17.57 GMT
Hundreds of calls were made from a News International private number to hack phones of royal household staff, celebrities and the News of the World‘s deputy editor over a 10 month period, the Old Bailey has heard.
On Thursday jurors were shown a schedule of 22 pages listing hacking calls routed through a number which was described as a “private wire line” – set up by the publisher to allow staff to make short dial codes to landlines and staff mobiles.
The jury were shown evidence of more than 800 phone hacking calls from the number, including 416 to the voicemail of private secretary of [Prince Harry,] Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton and one to the voicemail of Neil Wallis, the paper’s deputy editor between October 2005 and August 2006.
They also heard that over the course of one day, 29 April 2006, 24 phone-hacking calls were made to unique voicemail numbers including that of Prince Harry’s friend the royal equerry Mark Dyer, Lowther-Pinkerton and two Mail on Sunday journalists Sebastian Hamilton and Dennis Rice.
Earlier in the trial, the jury had heard that rival journalists, Rice and Hamilton, were hacked as part of a “dog eat dog frenzy” to get a story about an affair the former deputy prime minister John Prescott was having.
Others allegedly hacked from the private wire line includ[ed] Katie Price and Mail on Sunday journalists Laura Collins, Dave Dillon and Daniel Boffey.
Phone hacking special report: The slide into crime at the ‘News of the World’: here.
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