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May 21, 8:34 AM EDT

Court awards some $1.8 million to phone hacking victims

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LONDON (AP) -- Britain's High Court has awarded actress Sadie Frost, sports star Paul Gascoigne and a group of other claimants some 1.2 million pounds ($1.8 million) in damages after their phones were hacked by journalists seeking scoops for the Mirror Group Newspapers.

Frost received 260,250 pounds, while former soccer star Gascoigne won 188,250 in the lawsuit filed by eight victims.

Justice George Mann says the victims suffered a "serious infringement of privacy."

Trinity Mirror PLC said Thursday it would consider an appeal. It has apologized.

Britain's phone-hacking scandal erupted in 2011 with the revelation of eavesdropping by the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World. The furor led to the closure of that paper and the arrests of dozens of journalists.

Though authorities initially focused on Murdoch's papers, inquiries spread to other companies.

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