Brown 'shocked' by hacking claims

Gordon Brown has been “shocked” by the way that his family’s personal details have been obtained through alleged “criminality” and “unethical means”, his office said tonight.

Gordon Brown has been “shocked” by the way that his family’s personal details have been obtained through alleged “criminality” and “unethical means”, his office said tonight.

Amid claims that the former prime minister was targeted by the Sun and the Sunday Times, which allegedly accessed details from his legal file, his Abbey National bank account and his baby son’s medical records, Mr Brown’s spokeswoman said: “Gordon Brown has now been informed of the scale of intrusion into his family’s life.

“The family has been shocked by the level of criminality and the unethical means by which personal details have been obtained. The matter is in police hands.

“The police have confirmed Mr Brown is on Glenn Mulcaire’s list. And some time ago Mr Brown passed all relevant evidence he had to the police.”

On Twitter, Mr Brown’s wife Sarah wrote: “So sad to learn all I am about my family’s privacy – it is very personal and really hurtful if all true.”

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