Lawyers were spied on says NewsCorp

NEWS International said yesterday its staff had ordered surveillance on two lawyers for victims suing the group over the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed the group.

The UK newspaper arm of News Corp admitted that the action, the latest in a string of embarrassing and damaging revelations about illegal eavesdropping on phone messages, was “inappropriate”.

Private detective Derek Webb said he had been hired by the now defunct News of the World paper to spy on Mark Lewis and Charlotte Harris, who represent some of the victims, the BBC reported.