Kevin Keegan has received damages and an apology from Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) over phone-hacking.

The official media partner of Newcastle United settled with its latest group of victims on Tuesday, bringing the total to 44 celebrities/prominent figures who have settled with the newspaper group.

However, there is believed to be more than 100 people altogether who sued the newspaper group for intercepting phone calls.

Also owning local titles such as the Newcastle Chronicle, Journal, and the Sunday Sun, the Mirror Group Newspapers are reported to be looking at a final bill in excess of £50m once it has dealt with all the cases brought against them.

At the London High Court earlier today, Mr Justice Mann read out a list of individuals who had settled with the newspaper group and who were the subject of agreed statements.

As well as Kevin Keegan, today’s other victims who’d reached agreement on damages/apologies were Jeffrey Archer, Mary Archer, former Home Secretary Charles Clarke and actress Patsy Kensit.

Mirror Group Newspapers had agreed the payment of undisclosed damages and an apology, with the Press Gazette reporting that some of the settlements may exceed the £260,250 record damages awarded to actress and businesswoman Sadie Frost following an earlier High Court trial in 2015.

In the case of Kevin Keegan, the judge heard that MGN had agreed to pay him compensation and to join in a statement to apologise to him for the misuse of his private information.

Kevin Keegan’s solicitor, John Newell:

“Discovering that his private communications with his family, friends and associates had been unlawfully accessed was a devastating intrusion.

“When Kevin was contacted by the Met Police and informed that his mobile phone had been routinely hacked and that his personal information had been obtained unlawfully, he was shocked and appalled.

“The full extent of the hacking and the impact that this has had on Kevin’s personal and professional relationships may never be known.

“Kevin is pleased that Mirror Group have acknowledged their wrongdoing and publicly apologised. He feels vindicated and believes that justice has been done.”