A number of journalists, formerly employed by Mirror Group, are expected to face 'imminent' criminal charges for phone hacking over the coming days.

A civil court heard that a number of files containing various documents; including expenses claims for disposable mobile phones, were recently turned over to the Police in relation to the case.

It has previously been claimed that MGN would conduct the majority of their phone hacking using pay-as-you-go phones because they were untraceable and could later be dumped fairly innocuously.

Now in the hands of Operation Golding, the Met's counsel Jonathan Dixie has described the files as "evidence" that has changed the view on whether criminal proceedings will be initiated against a number of individuals who may have been previously arrested in connection with phone hacking.

The judge presiding over the hearing ordered that MGN's representatives hand over copies of the four files to counsel representing hacking victims. An appeal was lodged by the defending lawyers, but this was swiftly rejected.

This follows quite the change in position by MGN on the phone-hacking saga that continues to harass them. Having previously denied all accusations as to their involvement, liability was admitted in a handful of cases last month.

The group has now admitted that 27 published articles related to a number of victims - involving Coronation Street actress, Shobna Gulati and EastEnders duo, Shane Ritchie and Lucy Taggart - are likely to have been the result of coordinated phone hacking.

Anjlee Saigol of solicitors Taylor Hampton said: “After a three-day court hearing MGN has failed to limit the scope of documents it must provide relating to phone hacking. The order for further disclosure could be capable of dealing with what the judge called the 'holes' in MGN’s admissions of liability and the amount of compensation victims might be awarded.”

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