Phone hacking was not confined to the News of the World but was widespread at other newspapers, including the Daily Mirror.
That’s the claim of former Mirror reporter James Hipwell.
Hipwell worked at the Mirror when Piers Morgan was editor.
He said that hacking was “seen as a bit of a wheeze”.
Hipwell also said that hacking took place at other Mirror Group titles, including the People.
Hipwell said, “After they’d hacked into someone’s mobile, they’d delete the message so another paper couldn’t get the story.
“There was great hilarity about it.”
Piers Morgan, former editor of the News of the World as well as the Mirror, has strenuously denied any link to the phone hacking scandal.
Hipwell was jailed for six months in February 2006 for insider dealing.
He pocketed nearly £41,000 by repeatedly purchasing low-priced stocks, recommending them to Mirror readers, and quickly selling them as values soared.
The Mirror also paid Jonathan Rees, the private investigator hired by the News of the World to spy on people.