SHOCKING ! Cafe in ASDA Cwmbran only receives a Food hygiene rating of only 2 !


Would you Adam and Eve it ? I’ve just visited my local ASDA store in Cwmbran and noticed they are now displaying the ‘required by law’ Food Hygiene rating sticker in their front window and they’ve only received a 2 out of 5.

The ‘scores on the doors’ ratings have been going for a while now in Wales and only until very recently been made mandatory.

Asda could have put up their own ‘scores on the doors’ themselves earlier but it seems that it was only put up because of the new laws coming into force here in Wales. I wonder why that is…..

The reason why I say this is because the ASDA Cwmbran rating received by the food standard agency is only a 2 with the highest possible mark being a 5. Pretty poor show considering they are a multi million pound company and have superstores nationwide.

Here’s a screenshot of the National Food Hygiene website’s ratings and what they mean…


You must understand this only applies to the cafe in Asda Cwmbran and not the entire store so I wouldn’t go running out of there screaming “unclean..unclean” as if the place was infested by the plague but you have to consider, there is still a problem with the cafe and looking at the way the ratings are scored suggests the place is in need of improvement.

Even more worrying though….

I asked two members of staff at the cafe this morning about the ‘scores on the doors’ certificate Asda Cwmbran has received for their cafe standards and they didn’t have a clue what I was on about.

I told them what the window sticker displayed on the front of the shop was for and they weren’t aware that the cafe had received any rating for food hygiene. Oh dear….now I’m worried for sure.

Not only am I concerned about the fact that they should be displaying a 5 considering their size and the amount of customers they have but the fact that the staff aren’t aware of such a scheme tells me the feedback from the management is truly abysmal.

The whole idea of this ‘scores on the doors’ rating is to get businesses who supply food to their customers to work in a health and safe environment at all times and provide a duty of care to their customers to be safe and clean at all times too.

A large superstore cafe open to the general public and only receiving a rating of 2 is very worrying.

I think it might be good idea for everyone to be a little more aware about where we eat and the standard of the premises and hygiene practices at that business. Not being funny guys but you won’t find me eating anything from a cafe that only get’s a rating of 2

I definitely won’t be eating at Cwmbran’s ASDA cafe again unless their food hygiene rating increases.

Here’s a Government website that if can type in any business in your area you can find out what food hygiene rating they have received. Well worth a look and also an eye opener too…

This is the link to our local site where ASDA is listed and by typing in Sainsbury’s in Cwmbran you will see they have received the highest rating which is a 5 and so they should. Asda’s cafe in Cwmbran rating of 2 is an embarrassment to the town.

Just one more thing….ASDA Cwmbran is the ‘central’ training site for the whole of ASDA across the UK.

That’s not exactly setting a good example.

I was going to give ASDA the right of reply by contacting them but after talking to the members of staff in the cafe inside the store I just rolled my eyes and thought other people need to know and thought best to send them a link to this blog on twitter instead.

If you have a twitter account why don’t you tweet them too @asda

Thanks for reading.

Steven Nott

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How my 1999 phone hacking story did or didn’t reach those up the chain of command at The Sun Newspaper.


Here’s what Paul Crosbie, who I met at The Sun newspaper in in 1999 at News International HQ in Wapping, London said after contact with him in 2011.

I asked him about  the phone hacking story he wrote and why a threat to national security was never published.

In his own words….. 

“This is difficult because it was a while ago and I cant remember whether I asked about the story when it didn’t make the paper or whether I just went on to the next story. I did write it up and remember contacting Vodafone and I think other phone companies for their comments. I remember Vodafone referring me to the instruction book that came with their phones which mentioned that people should change their password.

The way the system worked was I would put a story idea up to the news editor. In your case it would have been the following day or the day after you came to see me – I needed time to look into your claims. If the news editor liked the story it would go on the morning newslist – this is basically an agenda of the days news. The news list is then discussed in morning conference  and stories would be allocated to the paper. I am guessing now but I would have thought that this story was on the newslist  or I wouldn’t have written it – or at least been enthusiastic about it. If the police or an inquiry wanted to look into this that newslist should still be around. The story would be written (again that should be on file as everything was computerised and kept for legal reasons), it would then be sent through to the news editor who would check the story was as earlier sold to him, he would then sent it through to what is called the back bench. This is copytaster for the paper, who is making a judgement on the value of stories, the editor, deputy editor and the night editor, who decided what space is given to the story and allocates a page.

It was possible to follow a story though the system and see who had looked at it and if it wasn’t to be used where the story had stopped it in the system. It could be the news editor because he didn’t like it, it could be the back bench – if it got that far then you assumed it was because they had found a better story. The Sun overall used around 50 stories an edition of which maybe 20 were given prominence in the paper – the rest would be cut back to a few paragraphs. My story would have been completing for space with one of the 20 as it needed space to give all the facts. I dont know if I checked where the story had got to in the system or whether I enquired what had happened to it. Sometimes stories that were squeezed though it being a big news day would be put forward again. I don’t know if this was the case. The tenure of the story would have been Phone users are warned messages left by callers can be listened in to.  The lack security has been revealed  etc……I wouldn’t have mentioned the police or the security services.

Maybe you find it odd that I wasn’t more curious about the story. The Sun was a difficult place to work. I was brought in to give it a different focus from the usual crime, politics, showbiz and scandal stories. My job was to write about everyday issues that were of interest to readers and the problems they faced. It was a new job so you were always struggling against those who were more familiar with the usual type of Sun story. If a story wasn’t used you simply went on the next.

I don’t know whether the information you gave me led to today’s events. I only know I wasn’t asked to demonstrate the flaws to anyone.  The Sun and other papers did use ex policemen and investigators to help but no one ever talked about the details of how a story was obtained and you didn’t ask.  Yes you knew of sharp practices but nothing illegal as this clearly was. I said to Channel 4 and the One Show they were free to contact me again. I think the rapid change in events in recent days meant your story would be overtaken.

As you say someone may do a book on this and there may be a Tv documentary but because of the police and official Parliament investigation, this will not be for some time. I honestly don’t know whether you unwittingly started this. To my mind it would seem extraordinary that others didn’t know about this flaw in the mobile phones system, especially former policemen. My opinions at the time were the same as yours that the Police and Security Services could be using this, it never occurred to me that it could be used in other ways. As far as I can remember no one ever asked me to demonstrate the technique. I’d never heard of this before you came to the office. I don’t know why the story wasn’t used, I only rarely questioned decisions, you just got on with the next story.

At the time Rebekah Brooks ( Wade ) was deputy editor at The Sun newspaper, the editor was
David Yelland who now works for a big city pr firm Brunswick. Andy Coulson was also on the Bizarre column.”

An interesting insight into how a newspaper works and the pressures of being a journalist at a red top newspaper.


For more on my story and why I was at The Leveson Inquiry on Dec 6th 2011 then please visit

Thanks for reading. Please share.

Steven Nott

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Phone hacking trials : My thoughts

old bailey press this way

Phone hacking was endemic throughout the whole of Fleet Street from the late 1990’s and I defy anyone to prove me any different.

Newspaper journalists became comfortable with breaking the law on a daily basis and set a precedent for the future of illegal news gathering.

While the press continue to get away with investigating crime much deeper than the police, we will always have a problem with newspaper journalists breaking the law to obtain front page scoops and always using the term ‘investigative journalism’ as an excuse to break the law to further their careers.

Crime does pay but justice does catch up.

These hacking trials are way too late, but thankfully, for many innocent people, a welcome relief.

Thousands of ‘phone hacking’ victims have worried for years how the press manage to delve so deep into their private lives. At least now they have a good idea what was going on.

Ultimately, I blame the mobile phone networks for what has happened. They’ve had more than enough chances to secure their voicemail systems but instead prefer to line their own deep wealthy pockets rather than make the safety of their customers more important. Vodafone being the biggest culprit. They were warned in 1999 about how insecure their systems were and chose not to act on warnings being thrown at them left, right and centre. Here’s my blog detailing this >>

The Leveson inquiry was an ideal opportunity for the public to understand how the press use illegal news gathering techniques on a daily basis to feed those who daily buy their newspapers.

The Leveson inquiry exposed the cosy relationship between the press and the police so politicians were always going to be under attack with so much power there to threaten and humiliate them with. Leverage, bribery and corruption is the name of the game for the press. Having the police on their side gave them significant advantage and they became a force of their own.

But, people will always buy newspapers, no matter what’s in them or on tempting them on the front page. I do however believe that most newspapers are bought out of pure tradition and while that continues the press will continue to be deluded into thinking it’s their stories that drive their future and ‘over-hyped’ readership figures.

I mentioned this in my testimony to Lord Justice Leveson on the 6th December 2013. Even though I struggled to get through my appearance under oath, I still managed to tell Lord Justice Leveson what I think about the press however getting the point across was difficult because my nerves were getting the better of me buy then.

Below, is the end of my testimony…and my thoughts on the press’ future.

Leveson appearance

We’ve been asking every witness who attends the Inquiry, Mr Nott, if there is anything that they would like to say to the chairman in relation to the future regulation of the press. It’s an optional question, you don’t have to answer it, but if there is anything that you would like to say to Lord Justice Leveson about future regulation, now is your opportunity to do so.

A. I would like to say something, if I can, please, if
that’s okay. Do I need to stand up or sit down?

Q. No, no, you can remain seated.

A. As an outsider and nothing to do with the industry whatsoever, I feel I don’t have the right to have any say about the future of press regulation, but I would like to add something if that’s okay. It may or may not be relevant.
When I was younger and went to visit my grandparents, I always remember my grandfather sitting at the dining room table picking horses from the Daily Mirror and carefully filling out betting slips
with the day’s selections. Meanwhile, my grandmother would be sat in her chair with her glasses on the edge of her nose, marking off numbers in the Sun bingo, even using her best bingo board to rest on. I regularly visited my grandparents and once I brought my nan a large pile of Sun bingo cards that I’d been given by a WH Smith manager. It used to take her hours just marking the numbers off, but it kept her happy and us too. My nan used to roll up the Daily Mirror sometimes to swat the cat. My grandparents always had a newspaper each back then. They must have been rich. We always had a copy of the Daily Mail in our house when I was growing up. I rarely saw my father reading it though, merely skipping through the news to the crossword. He never had time to read the news stories; he was just too busy. I never really noticed my mother reading the newspaper either. She always managed to complete the crossword that my father hadn’t. You can almost sense the air of victory in the house about finishing the crossword that my dad hadn’t or couldn’t. I left home at 19 and wasn’t really a daily newspaper buyer. I thought newspapers were for crosswords, bingo, horse races and TV listings, but I still carried on buying the Daily Mail on Sunday because of its long-running TV guide and that’s what I was brought up with. I never read the news pages, but I always did like the crossword and have a similar issue now with my mother. She seems to manage to complete the crossword after I’ve attempted and failed.

Over the past ten years, we’ve bought the Sun newspaper for its Sun holidays promotions and regularly went on cheap holidays. I stopped buying that newspaper because my daughter once had a look through it and couldn’t believe her eyes when she looked at page 3. She was shocked by it and I’d never encountered the subject of dealing with soft porn with my kids before. I don’t have a problem with it but I had a problem with my daughter seeing it at the time. I don’t buy the Sun any more for this reason. My next door neighbours always save their papers for me so I can use them to light my coal fire. So how could I give an opinion on freedom of the press and press regulation when I’ve been brought up by a family who used newspapers for other purposes than to read them? I’m just giving you an insight into our family as newspaper buyers. Thank you.

What I meant to add at the end was “If newspapers think that it’s the news content and the sleazy front pages that drive their sales then they are completely deluded. I do honestly think the average man in the street buys a paper out of tradition”. Surprisingly many newspaper journalists and editors disagree with me… there again, what do I know ?

LORD JUSTICE LEVESON: Thank you, Mr Nott. It’s quite clear
this was a problem you identified in the late 1990s and
it’s now come home for us to think about.

I honestly still believe there’s a lot more to come from the phone hacking scandal and as MP Tom Watson once said “This is the just tip of the iceberg”.

Phone hacking may be insignificant when we all find out what has really been going on but it was also a long time ago when technology and mobile phones were just taking off so who knows what they’re up to now…..tapping the phones of prime ministers right across the world. Anyone surprised ? I’m certainly not.

Whether or not their are laws in place to stop illegality in the press, it won’t stop them from doing what they want, to who they want whenever they want and tagging it under the ‘freedom of the press’ excuse.

One thing I am sure of is that while politicians continue to use the press for career enhancement then the press will always have control over government. The day that a political party steps away from using the press as a tool to promote themselves will be the day I decide to vote. Until then I’m not wasting my valuable vote on a government that is ultimately run by the media.

The people caught and up at The Old Bailey for phone hacking, misconduct in public office, paying public officials and bribing police to extort stories are just the unfortunate ones.

The real criminals are the people behind the scenes who let it all happen.

The mobile phone networks should also be in the dock with Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks and co. In my opinion, Vodafone caused the phone hacking scandal and you can’t ell me any different. I know because I was there.


I would just like to add, there is much evidence of phonehacking way before the devastating 9/11 twin towers attack in New York so what’s saying ‘rogue’ journalists weren’t tempted into hacking the phones of the victims and their families ? They hacked everyone else. There’s absolutely NO WAY they could have held back from the tempatation. It was endemic throughout Fleet Street remember. Something tells me though that if it did happen, the authorities wouldn’t allow such an awful thing to see the light of day and no doubt have put many safeguards in place to stop anyone ever finding out. One day, somewhere, someone will leak it.

It’s innevitable.

And just in case you want to see more about my involvement, here’s Piers Morgan slagging me off at The Leveson Inquiry when he testified ( under oath ) *innocent face* – You can guess I’m not a fan of his…

Thanks for reading and here’s looking forward to a cleaner future of news…..

Steven Nott

Leveson Inquiry Witness, Operation Weeting witness , van driver and justice seeker.

Cwmbran, South Wales

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Hackgate arrests so far…….

The Sun newspaper arrests so far : 


Duncan Larcombe – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Charged
Ben O’Driscoll – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Charged
Virginia Wheeler – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Charged
Vince Soodin – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Charged
Rhodri Phillips – The Sun – Operation Tuleta – Cleared
Nick Parker – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Charged
Neil Millard – The Sun – Operation Elveden – On bail
Mike Sullivan – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Cleared
John Troup – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Charged
John Sturgis – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Cleared
John Kay – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Charged
Jamie Pyatt – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Charged
Graham Dudman – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Charged
Geoff Webster – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Charged
Fergus Shanahan – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Charged
Clodagh Hartley – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Charged
Chris Pharo – The Sun – Operation Elveden – Charged
Anthony France – The Sun – Operation Elveden – On bail
Chris Pollard – The Sun – Operation Tuleta – Cleared
Chris Ashford – The Sun – Operation Tuleta – Charged

51 yr old male – The Sun – Operation Elveden – On bail
32 yr old female – The Sun – Operation Elveden – On bail


The Times arrests so far : 


Raoul Simons – Times – Operation Weeting – Cleared
Patrick Foster – Times – Operation Tuleta – On bail



The Daily Star arrests so far : 


Tom Savage – The Star – Operation Elveden – Charged


The People arrests so far :


Nick Buckley – The People – Operation Weeting – On bail
Mark Thomas – The People – Operation Weeting – On bail
James Scott – The People – Operation Weeting – On bail


Press association arrests so far :

Press Association

Laura Elston – PA – Operation Weeting – Cleared


News of The World arrests so far :

Phone hacking claims

Stuart Kuttner – News of the World – Operation Weeting – Charged
Ross Hall – News of the World – Operation Weeting – Cleared
Rebekah Brooks – News of the World – Operation Weeting – Charged
Neville Thurlbeck – News of the World – Operation Weeting – Charged
Neil Wallis – News of the World – Operation Weeting – Cleared
Lucy Panton – News of the World – Operation Elveden – Charged
James Weatherup – News of the World – Operation Weeting – Charged
James Desborough – News of the World – Operation Weeting – Cleared
Ian Edmondson – News of the World – Operation Weeting – Charged
Greg Miskiw – News of the World – Operation Weeting – Charged
Douglas Wright – News of the World – Operation Rubicon – On bail
Dan Evans – News of the World – Operation Weeting – Charged
Clive Goodman – News of the World – Operation Elveden – Charged
Bob Bird – News of the World – Operation Rubicon – On bail
Bethany Usher – News of the World – Operation Weeting – Cleared
Andy Coulson – News of the World – Operation Weeting – Charged
Alex Marunchak – News of the World – Operation Tuleta – On bail

46 yr old male – News of the World – Operation Weeting – On bail
45 yr old male – News of the World – Operation Weeting – On bail
40 yr old female – News of the World – Operation Weeting – On bail
39 yr old male – News of the World – Operation Weeting – On bail
39 yr old female – News of the World – Operation Weeting – On bail
33 yr old female – News of the World – Operation Weeting – On bail


Mirror arrests so far :


Tina Weaver – Mirror – Operation Weeting – On bail
Justin Penrose – Mirror – Operation Elveden – Cleared
Greig Box-Turnbull – Mirror – Operation Elveden – Charged


Freelance arrests so far :

Tenia Taras – Freelance – Operation Weeting – Cleared

Unknown arrests so far :

43 yr old male – Freelance – Operation Elveden – On bail
43 yr old male – unknown – Operation Elveden – On bail
38 yr old male – unknown – Operation Elveden – On bail
37 yr old male – unknown – Operation Tuleta – On bail


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#Hackgate – Phone hacking victims – ‘publicly’ known so far

This was the phone I used back in 1997 - A Motorola Microtac - Voicemail on Vodafone was hackable because of poor security.

List of confirmed victims of News of the World phone hacking made public so far…

There’s a lot of very high profiled people on this list. No wonder the News of the World had such amazing scoops….

Tony Adams – Former Arsenal captain and England player

Faria Alam – ex-Football Association secretary who had affairs with the then England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and the then FA chief executive Mark Palios

Gemma Louise Abbey

John Anderson – Father of Sally King, who had a friendship with David Blunkett

Scott Anderson – Brother of Sally King

Sophie Anderton – Model

Peter Andre – Former husband of Jordan, Katie Price.

Sky Andrew – Football agent

Janet Andrew – Associated with Professor John Tulloch

Jo Armstrong – Legal adviser to Gordon Taylor

Louise Artimati – Sister of Dennis Rice

Leslie Ash – Actress

Robert Ashworth

Helen Asprey – Aide to the Prince of Wales

Gemma Atkinson – Hollyoaks actress

Margaret Atkinson

Sue Ayton – Agent to newscasters including Michael Buerk, Peter Sissons

Ruth Badger – Apprentice consultant

Yousef Bailok – Former Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain

Susan Baker – Mother of former nanny Louise Woodward

Michael Barrymore – Entertainer

Steve Bayford junior – Former girlfriend of drugs trial victim Ryan Wilson

Ted Beckham – father of David Beckham

Alison Bell

Stuart Bell – Sir Paul McCartney’s publicist

Patricia Bernal – Mother of murder victim Clare Bernal

Alexandra Jane Mcadam Best – Former wife of George Best

Calum Best – TV personality, model and son of George Best

Cherie Blair – Wife of Tony Blair, former Prime Minister.

Ian Blair – Former commissioner of Metropolitan Police

John Blake – Former ‘People’ editor

Stephen Blears – BBC Radio journalist

Lord Blencathra – A former Conservative minister with multiple sclerosis who was allegedly hacked by the News of the World because they mistook his condition for excessive drinking.

James Blunt – Singer

Edward Blum – Film Director

David Blunkett – Labour MP and former Home Secretary

Daniel Boffey – ‘Observer’ journalist

Colette Bos

John Bramhall – Professional Footballers’ Association

Russell Brand – Comedian

Lisa Brash – Former girlfriend of Robbie Williams

Jeff Brazier – Former partner of Jade Goody and TV presenter

Simon Bridger – Picture agency boss and executor of Jade Goody’s will

Kirtsy Brimelow – Criminal Barrister

Major David Brooks – Husband of Mr Justice Vos’ niece

Rebekah Brooks – Former News International Chief Executive.

Chris Bryant – MP Labour

Jill Burchnall

James Burke – Model

Paul Burrell – Former butler to Princess Diana

Stephen Byers – Former secretary of state for trade and industry

Camilla, Duchess – Wife of Prince Charles

Alastair Campbell – Former Labour press chief

Sol Campbell – Former English footballer

Major Mark James Alexander Cann – Director of Armed Forces Charities Advisory Company and The British Forces Foundation

Jason Carey – Associate of David Blunkett

Sean Cassidy – Father of 7/7 bombing victim

Joseph Chapman – Son of actress Leslie Ash

Lee Chapman – Husband of Leslie Ash

Max Chapman – Son of actress Leslie Ash

Ian Christmas – Associate of Delia Smith

Charlotte Church – Singer

James Church – Adopted father of Charlotte Church

Maria Church – Mother of Charlotte Church

Abbey Clancy – Wife of Peter Crouch

Charles Clarke – Former Labour party cabinet minister

Max Clifford – Agent

Ashley Cole – Footballer

Lily Anne Colvin – Witness at Tommy Sheridan’s perjury trial

Steve Coogan – Actor

David Cook – Police officer and husband of Jacqui Hames

Eimear Cook – Ex-wife of golfer Colin Montgomery

Janet Cookson – Partner of Stephen Byers

Andy Coulson – Former News of the World editor and former Downing Street communications chief

Robert Cowgill

Cornelia Crisan – Singer who claims affair with Ralph Fiennes

Garth Crooks – BBC pundit and former footballer

Peter Crouch – Footballer for Stoke and England

Patrick Anthony Culhane

Paul Dadge – Helped 7/7 bombing victim at Edgware Rd tube

David Cook – Detective Superintendent

David Davies – Executive Director of the The Football Association

John Davies – Associate of Professor John Tulloch

Matthew Dawson – Former England rugby player

Darren Day – Actor

Ali Dizai – Metropolitan police commander

Pete Doherty – Musician

Milly Dowler – Murder victim

Sally Dowler – Parent of murder victim Milly Dowler

Matthew Doyle

Keith Duffy – Boyzone singer

Kieron Dyer – Footballer for Queens Park Rangers

Chris Ecclestone – Dr Who star in 2005

Alan Edwards – Founder of the PR firm which formerly represented Sir Paul McCartney

Sven-Goran Eriksson – Former England Coach

Kieron Fallon – Jockey

Nigel Farage – UKIP leader

Rio Ferdinand – Footballer

Sarah Ferguson – Duchess of York

Mary Ellen Field – Former advisor to Elle Macpherson

James Fletcher

Duncan Foster – Director of soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale

Graham Foulkes – Father of 7/7 bombing victim

Suzanne Fowler

Sadie Frost – Actress, designer and Jude Law’s ex-wife

Mike Fuller – Former Assistant Commisioner

Paul Andrew Gadd – Estranged son of Gary Glitter

George Galloway – MP

James Gardner – Friend of Paul Gascoigne

Paul Gascoigne – Footballer

Sheryl Gascoigne – Paul Gascoigne’s former wife

Uri Geller – Psychic

Susan George – Actress

Ryan Giggs – Footballer

Andy Gilchrist – Former union leader

Lisa Gower – Former girlfriend of Steve Coogan

Hugh Grant – Actor and Hacked Off campaigner

Leslie Grantham – Former Eastenders actor

Andy Gray – Sky Sports pundit, ex footballer

Jacqui Hames – Presenter of Crimewatch, married to David Cook

Christine Hamilton – Wife of Neil Hamilton and subject of TV documentary by Louis Theroux

Neil Hamilton – Former MP who lost his seat in the cash for questions saga

Joan Hammell – Former chief of staff to Lord Prescott

Greg Harkin – Journalist from Derry who wrote a book about an IRA informer

Lee Harpin – Former News of the World show business reporter, Lee Harpin, who left the paper in 2003, and went on to be news editor at the Sunday Mirror.

Paddy Harveson – Prince Charles’ communications secretary

Beverley Harvey – Mother of Lacey Turner

Danny Hayward – Picture agency boss and executor of Jade Goody’s will

Sheila Henry – Mother of 7/7 victim Christian Small

Gavin Henson – Rugby Player

Gary Hersham – Estate agent in Mayfair

James Hewitt – Former army officer and lover of Princess Diana

Lisa Higson

Sarah Hiscox – Best friend of Davina McCall

Tia Nicole Hithersay – Glamour model and one time girlfriend of footballer Jermaine Jenas’s

Amanda Hobbes – Wife of Dennis Rice

Lorna Hogan – Model and ex girlfriend of Calum Best

Kelly Hoppen – Interior designer and stepmother to Sienna Miller

Phil Hughes – Friend and former agent of George Best

Simon Hughes – MP

Eunice Huthart – Stunt double for Angelina Jolie

Edward ( Ted ) Hynds – Former Sunday People reporter and investigative journalist who wrote book on Colin Stagg

Gillian Iles-Blackmore – Aunt of Nadine Milroy Sloan, who was jailed for falsely accusing Neil and Christine Hamilton of rape

Tony Iles-Blackmore – Uncle of Nadine Milroy Sloan, who was jailed for falsely accusing Neil and Christine Hamilton of rape

Ben Jackson – Assistant to Jude Law

Kate Jackson – Executor of Jade Goody estate

Barry James

Georgina James – Local newspaper journalist

Jermaine Jennas – Footballer for Tottenham Hotspur and England

John Blake Publishing – Non-fiction publishing company

Boris Johnson – MP/Mayor of London

Ian Johnson – TV PR

Steven Johnson – Ex boyfriend of Charlotte Church

Angelina Jolie – Actress

Danielle Jones -Murder victim

Jeffrey Alan Jones

Ulrika Jonsson

Tessa Jowell – MP and former culture secretary

Kerry Katona – Former Atomic Kitten singer and TV personality

Yvonne Kearle – Mother of Charlotte Church’s ex boyfriend, Steven Jones

Archie Keswick – Friend of Sienna Miller

Andrew King – Husband of Sally King

Sally King – Friend of former Home Secretary David Blunkett

Glenys Kinnock – Wife of former leader of the Labour party

Neil Kinnock – Former leader of the Labour party

Susan Kirkham

Christopher Kiwomya – Former QPR player

Victoria Lambert – Actress

Jude Law – Actor

Dr Anne Lee

Joanne Lees – Girlfriend of murder victim Peter Falconio

Simon Damien Lennon – Former journalist for People

John Leslie – Former Blue Peter presenter

Orli Lewis – Daughter of phone hacking lawyer, Mark Lewis

Shelley Lewis – Ex wife of phone hacking lawyer, Mark Lewis

Dan Lichters – Police officer and friend of Michael Barrymore

Christoper Livingstone Eubank – Boxer

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton – Private secretary to Princes William and Harry

Elle Macpherson – Model

Dennis MacShane – MP

6 X Daily Mail / Mail on Sunday journalists

Tom Mangold – Journalist

Mike Mansfield – Lawyer in the Diana inquest

Meg Matthews – Ex-wife of musician Noel Gallagher

Davina McCall – TV presenter, star of Channel 4’s Big Brother

Sir Paul McCartney – Former Beatle

Geraldine McCool – Lawyer for Samantha Roberts

Brian Mcfadden – Former Westlife singer

Alan McGee – Former Oasis manager

Matthew Mcguinness – Associate of Abi Titmuss and John Leslie

Mick McGuire – Former Deputy Chief Executive of the Professional Football Association

Mehul Shagur Mehta

Maire Messenger Davies – Associate of Professor John Tulloch

Michelle Milburn – Theatrical agent

Andrew Miller – Son of Jo Armstrong, a legal adviser at the Professional Footballers Association (PFA)

Deborah Miller – Sister of Jo Armstrong, a legal adviser at the Professional Footballers Association (PFA)

Nicholas Miller – Husband of Jo Armstrong, a legal adviser at the Professional Footballers Association (PFA)

Sienna Miller – Actress

David Mills – Estranged husband of Tessa Jowell

Fiona Mills – Sister of Heather Mills

Heather Mills – Charity and animal rights campaigner, ex-wife of Paul McCartney

Brendan Minogue – Brother of Dannii Minogue

Dannii Minogue – Singer

Miss X – Alleged victim of rape

Brendan Montague – Investigative journalist

Kevin Moran – Former Manchester United and Ireland footballer

Elliot Morley – Former Labour Minister jailed for fixing his expenses

Robert Nankeville – Comedian (aka Bobby Davro)

Trudi Nankeville – Ex-wife of Bobby Davro

Neil Ruddock – Former Liverpool footballer

Jimmy Nesbitt – Actor

Benedict Grant Noakes

Emma Noble – Actress, model and Sir John Major’s former daughter-in-law

Martin O’Shea

Mark Oaten – Former Liberal Democrat MP

Tamzin Outhwaite – TV actress

Brian Paddick – Former Dep Assist Commissioner

Sid Owen – Former Eastenders actor

Tara Palmer Tompkinson – IT girl and friend of royal family

Ciara Parkes – PR consultant to Jude Law

Hannah Pawlby – Aide to former home secretary Charles Clarke

Lucy Pawlby – Sister of Hannah, associate of MP Charles Clarke

Sara Payne – Mother of murder victim Sarah Payne

Guy Pelly – Nightclub entrepreneur and friend of Prince Harry

Alex Pereira – Cousin of Jean Charles de Menezes

Hilary Perrin – Labour party’s regional organiser for London

Nicola Phillips – Former assistant to Max Clifford

Edwina Pitman – Worked at the Chris Beetles art gallery

Brad Pitt – Actor

Lauren Pope – The Only Way is Essex star

Claire Powell – Former agent to Kerry Katona

Lord John Prescott – MP

Katie Price – Glamour model and reality TV star

Prince Charles

Prince Harry

Kimberley Quinn – Former publisher of the Spectator and had an affair with David Blunkett

Amanda Ramsay – former Labour cabinet member on Merton borough council

Father Richard Reardon – Charlotte Church’s priest

Dennis Rice – Former investigations editor at the Mail on Sunday

Samantha Roberts – Widow of soldier killed in Iraq

Matthew Robertson – Husband of TV presenter Davina McCall

Geoffrey Robinson – Labour MP, ex paymaster general

Laura Rooney – Dancer with same surname as Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney – Footballer

Laila Rouass – Footballers Wives actress

Tom Rowland – Journalist

Joe Royle – Former Everton manager

Shaun Russell – wife, Lin, and daughter, Megan, killed in hammer attack in 1996

Kenny Samson – former England footballer

June Sarpong – Tv presenter

Astrid Elizabeth Saunders – Wrongly accused of having an affair with Lester Piggott

Jade Schmidt – Nanny to Jude Law and Sadie Frost’s children

Alan Schofield – Former press aide to John Prescott

Graham Shear – Footballers’ lawyer

Tommy Sheridan – Leader of Solidarity

Christopher Shipman – Son of murdering doctor, Harold Shipman

Delia Smith – Celebrity chef

Joan Smith – Author, journalist and former partner of Denis MacShane

Lewis David Sproston – Boyfriend of murdered model Sally Anne Bowman

Colin Stagg – Wrongly accused of 1992 Rachel Nickell murder

Karron Stephen-Martin – Ex-wife of boxer Chris Eubank

Paul Stretford – Wayne Rooney’s football agent

Lucy Taggart

Chris Tarrant – TV presenter

Gordon Taylor – Former chief executive of the Professional Footballer’s Association

John Temple

Tracey Temple – Former diary secretary for John Prescott, with whom she had an affair

Chris Terrill – TV documentary maker and former fiance of Heather Mills

Jamie Theakston – TV presenter

John Thomson – Cold Feet actor

Samantha Thomson – Wife of Cold Feet actor John Thomson

Patricia Tierney – Grandmother linked to Wayne Rooney sex scandal

Abi Titmuss – Model and TV presenter

Martin Townsend – Believed to be Sunday Express editor

Professor John Tulloch – Survivor of 7/7 bombing

Lacey Turner – EastEnders actress who played Stacey Slater

Michele Verokken – Sports official and former head of anti-doping in UK

Mary Kate Waddington – Sarah Ferguson’s PR adviser

Jessie Wallace – EastEnders actress

Samantha Wallin – Horse trainer who allegedly had a child with Kieren Fallon

Steve Wallington – Ex-husband of actress Tina Hobley

Claire Ward – Former MP

David Warwick – Media Representation. Represented Paul Burrell

Noel Whelan – Former Coventry City footballer

Zoe Williams – Not the Guardian journalist

Lord Frederick Windsor – Son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent

Robin Winskell – Sports lawyer

Jane Winter – Human rights campaigner in Northern Ireland and director of the British Irish Rights Watch

Tony Woodley – Formerly joint general secretary of the Unite trade Union

Gary Woodward – Father of former nanny Louise Woodward

Louise Woodward – British au pair, convicted of manslaughter of child in the US when she was 19

Janet Woolf – Mother of Ken Livingstone’s first child

Michael Wynn-Jones – Husband of Delia Smith, shareholder of Norwich City FC and writer, publisher and former editor of Sainsbury’s magazine


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Phonehacked by the Mail on Sunday > Gerald Kaufman, Tessa Jowell, David Blunkett & Edwina Currie in May 2000


This article was written on May 7th 2000 and shows that MP’s such as Tessa Jowell, David Blunkett, Gerald Kaufman and Edwina Currie were all made aware to the problems of phone hacking 13 years ago. Surprisingly, some had been ‘phone hacking victims’ and have received ‘substantial payoffs’ ( out of court settlements )  by Rupert Murdoch’s News International. Kind of makes you think, well, if they knew about it and the very fact they were vulnerable,  then one would wonder why they didn’t protect themselves from the problem in years to come. In fact, it beggars belief, that none of them did anything to stop the problem from escalating. I smell another cover up. Just another pointer, this evidence was submitted to Lord Justice Leveson and was ‘never’ brought up even though one of the names mentioned above was a witness at the Leveson Inquiry like myself. I’ve questioned Tessa Jowell on how she managed to get her self hacked considering she was warned about it and she said “She did all she could to protect herself” – ok fair enough answer….but didn’t do anything to protect everyone else though….when she was in the right position to do so.  She was appointed as Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport after the 2001 election. Gerald Kaufman however, at the time of this article was Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee

One would also think that the 2 journalists who wrote this story would have been called to the Leveson inquiry….

Christopher Leake and Daniel Foggo – In the words of David Bowie’s new song…”Where are they now ”

Here’s the full article. It makes VERY interesting reading…

By Christopher Leake and Daniel Foggo  

The reason the message systems are vulnerable to eavesdropping is that all new BT Cellnet and Vodafone mobile owners are given the same four digit access code. A MAJOR security flaw in britain’s mobile phone system can be exposed today.A special investigation by The Mail on Sunday reveals how millions of mobile users could, without their knowledge, have their private messages accessed by strangers.The onus is on individual users to input a new code. The vast majority of phone owners fail to do so – almost always, The Mail on Sunday has discovered, because they are simply unaware that such action is necessary.However, growing numbers of fraudsters, crooks and stalkers do know the secret. And it enables them effortlessly to access the sensitive phone messages of countless thousands of unknowing targets.All subscribers are vulnerable, including Cabinet Ministers, MP’s, VIP’s, businessmen and showbusiness personalities. In the City, financiers say they are horrified after discovering how easy it is to be ‘bugged’ by predators trying to get advance information about share deals and mergers. A team of Mail on Sunday investigators accessed the mobile messages of 12 VIP’s within seconds. They thanked us for alerting them to the problem – and joined calls for better warnings to be given by phone companies. One Cabinet Minister whose messages were insecure was David Blunkett, the Education Secretary. He said: “It is a very sensible warning and I will certainly be changing my code immediately. “I am surprised to hear anyone could listen in to my messages but on reflection it seems obvious and I ought to have known. I am kicking myself for not realising”. Employment Minister, Tessa Jowell said “I shall change my personal access code straight away and thank you very much indeed for tipping me off”. “I think it’s worrying and it is very important when people buy mobile phones, given that thousands and thousands and thousands of people every month buy them, that this kind of advice is provided.” At present, mobile phone companies include instruction leaflets on how to change access codes from the pre-set ‘default’ number. The Mail on Sunday has learned, however, that these leaflets are not always sent to customer’s automatically. Vodafone admits that customers often have to specifically request the leaflet detailing the procedure. It has had complaints from customers whose private messages have been changed. Industry insiders say only about ten percent of mobile owners bother to change the code once they get their phone, leaving more than 20 million users at risk. Users of Orange and One2One networks are unaffected, because subscribers are not given a universal default code. They have to call a number and key in their own code in order to access the message system. But for users of the two biggest networks,the security implications are startling. Our investigation began after we were contacted by a concerned City businessman who has worker for major merchant banks for more than 25 years. The businessman, who has asked for anonymity, told how he had been shown the procedure by a contact and was horrified. Later, when he realised it was already being used to eavesdrop on multi million pound deals and mergers, the City figure warned a wide circle of friends who, like him, immediately changed their mobile messaging service access codes. Later, he showed us how it was done. And, with prior agreement of his friends, we rang them, used the standard access code and listened in as their messages played. They contained a variety of personal and business messages, which, to an informed eavesdropper, might have been useful in making a profit on investments. Our financial consultant revealed how he had ‘Put the Fear of God’ into a friend who is chairman of a leading City bank after he allowed him to access his messages. He said: “The look on his face was one of total shock. He realised that he often talks business on his mobile and that somebody could access sensitive information that might affect huge deals”. The security of an alarming range of public institutions could be similarly compromised. Royal and Ministerial secrets could be discovered, for example, and the lives of military personnel could be endangered, or even lost, if details of forthcoming operations were divulged. Once the messaging system is accessed, infiltrators can also change the owner’s code while they are on the line so that the subscriber would henceforth be unable to hear their own messages. Also, the illicit caller can delete messages once they have been played back. We accessed the message systems of Gerald Kaufman MP, who had nine messages that he had already heard. Although our reporters did not listen to any messages, we could have accessed all of the voice recordings. When told of the loophole, My Kaufman said: “Goodness me. This is a matter of considerable concern and I’ll have to think seriously about changing my security number in the light of what you have told me. Thank you very much”. BT Cellnet said it included instructions on how to change access codes in it’s customer booklets. A spokesman said that instructions on how to use its messaging functions were included in the standard issue booklet How to Get The Most From Your Mobile Phone. “Like many other consumer products there is a default setting to get people started. We recommend in the literature that people change this number to a personalised one as soon as possible.” Vodafone issues a separate booklet about its Recall service. Customer service operators for Vodafone connect, which supplies service providers with literature to send to subscribers, admitted that the book on it’s Recall messaging service is not always included and needs to be expressly requested. One added: ” We have had complaints from people who have had their mailboxes accessed and the messages changed by other people.”A spokeswoman for telephone watchdog Oftel said last night: “This may be something which we need to have a look at. ‘If companies are not providing sufficient information, then that is something we might want to have informal talks with the mobile phone companies about’. 
Any confused customers should contact their phone company…….but don’t leave a message.

Stars who had no idea of the risks

We asked a team of reporters to call the rich and the famous in order to test properly the flaws in the mobile phone system. Out of 32 numbers called, we accessed the mobile message systems of 12 people. In every case, we ended the call before the messages actually played. Those whose message systems were accessed were yachtswoman Tracy Edwards, actor Shaun Scott, from The Bill, PR guru Lord Bell, author Edwina Currie, Education Secretary David Blunkett, Employment Minister Tessa Jowell and MP Gerald Kaufman. Tracy Edwards said “Oh, my God, I never knew” ‘I am very surprised at the news. They don’t tell you, do they  ? But it certainly makes sense to change your code” Shaun Scott who plays DI Chris Deakin in The Bill, said ” I had no idea that anyone could listen into my messages by just tapping in a simple code. ‘But I suppose, in this high tech electronic age, anyhting is possible. I will ceratinly be changing the PIN code. Lord Bell, who had no messages, said ” Nobody ever leaves sensitive messages on my phone. If they did, I would use a different system. Former Tory Minister and best selling author Edwina Currie had four messages. Though it would be irresponsible to divulge the access codes, entering other peoples’ message systems could not be easier. Systems vary slightly. But once you dial into the message service and tap in the code, you can listen in. To alter you code with BT Cellnet, dial, press button 8, insert a new code and repeat it. Vodafone’s message security codes can be changed by dialling 121, followed by pressing 1 and 98. Managers at Dixons stores said they sold mobile phones from sealed boxes which had instruction books inside. They also handed out their own leaflets on operating phones. Carphone Warehouse, which issues user’s guides with every sale of BT Cellnet and Vodafone mobiles said :”We urge customers to change their PIN numbers. If you don’t put a code in, people can get into it.

You would think that the first thing a celebrity would do would be to change their code, but many people don’t bother”.

For more on the phonehacking scandal and my story in FULL please visit my website 

Thanks for reading

Steven Nott


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Duffy, holiday cottage arson and computer hacking

Similar classroom to the one I learnt computer hacking in

I’m glad this was a long time ago……who knows what might have happened if computer hacking laws were around back then ?

It was 1983, possibly 1984 and I was 16 years old and either just left school or just about to.

I couldn’t wait to get out of that horrible place.

My parents had constantly moved from one part of the country to another whilst I was young and finally ended up settling in North Wales. After being moved from school to school I ended up going to a practically ‘all welsh speaking’ school. There were some english speaking kids there and I ended up in a classroom with them.

I made some great friends but life wasn’t easy living in a part of the country where the english were hated.

I was now living and going to school in a part of the world where holiday cottages were being burnt down weekly by the ‘sons of Owain Glyndwr’ and the locals hated every bone in an englishman’s body. Some of you may of heard of the ‘Welsh Nationalists’ burning a lot of the holiday cottages bought by the english, as holiday homes, back in the late 70s’ and early 80’s.

Holiday cottage similar to those being burnt down by ‘Sons of Owain Glyndwr’ for 12 years

Ok, so I was born in Wales, but I was english speaking and had a real mixture of accents from the amount of places we’d previously lived. As a family of english speakers, we weren’t welcome at all and the locals always made a point of expressing their feelings in some form or another.

Not going into too much detail, but my parents had bought some 24 acres with our house and decided to set of a campsite just outside the village of Nefyn and no soon as my father put the ‘CAMPING’ signs up outside, they were quickly torn down again overnight. It was a constant battle with the locals and they weren’t afraid to show their feelings.

Our camping signs were always under constant attack from the locals

This sort of thing went on for years and it was only until my father started to work for the local constitutional club and do their accounts that things settled down and we were slowly welcomed into the community. Incidently, the club where my father was Treasurer was also the workplace of John Duffy, the father of singer ‘Duffy’. It’s a small world.

Singer ‘Duffy’ – we both went to the same school and she used to practice her singing in the local consitutional club where her father worked as steward.

However, the bullying always went on at school and it was difficult to get by daily without having some school bully giving me a slap, stamping on my sandwiches or stealing my dinner money.

It was an awful time and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Bullies don’t realise what they put their victims through, they just don’t have a clue.

Now, I’m not going to dwell on the fact that I was bullied a lot in school. I’m going to take this story off on a different tangent and I’m not going to talk about the singer Duffy either, even though she has a fabulous voice.

Remember, I had left school and had just been placed into a new Government scheme run by the Manpower Services Commission and called the YTS ( Youth Training Scheme ). This was the new replacement to the YOP ( Youth Opportunities Scheme ). It was a 6 week course if I remember and I was paid £26.25 a week to attend.

YTS (Youth Training Scheme) replaced YOP (Youth Opportunities Programme) back in 1983 and paid £26.25 a week to attend.

I think I had an option of what course to take and I opted for the Word processing and Typing course probably because I was interested in computers. I didn’t own a computer then but I’d seen my friends ZX80 and eventually did get to own an Amstrad CPC 464 with built in tape deck and green monitor but this was sometime after my YTS days. Thankyou Alan Sugar.

This course I attended, had mainly welsh speaking as a ‘first language’ students. There were three of us a the back that were only english speaking and possibly why we were shoved at the back, who knows.

Anyway, we all had access to a keyboard, a computer monitor and headphones and were all given daily tasks to complete from formatting documents and speedtyping. It wasn’t exactly floating my boat so to speak.

Type of computer we had – old with a floppy disk but state of the art nonetheless

I was always first to complete, which doesn’t necessarily mean I’d been the best, it just meant I understood each task easily and found them a doddle. The other two sat either side of me also seemed to finish quicker than the rest also.

Whilst everyone else was still getting to grips with their challenges, the three of us sat at the back, messing about and doing things that normal teenagers do in front of a keyboard.

We were all messing with the keyboard and the screens and trying to get the computers to do things they shouldn’t.

Now I can’t remember exactly what systems they were operating on but each individual pc was linked up to the ‘master terminal’ at the front of the classroom and the one the tutor had access to.

The tutors computer had ‘restricted access’ and couldn’t be used by the students but noticed when the tutor had to sort out any issues with other students work then she would have to log out and re-access the system using her own password.

That was it, another challenge was awaiting. The three of us were sat at the back, with no-one looking over our shoulders and were twiddling our thumbs out of boredom, looking for something to fiddle with.

I remember seeing the tutor get access and quickly thought “I wonder if I could hack into her details”. I mentioned it to the others and we all started frantically hitting different keys and trying different passwords, dates etc to see if we could get in.

The challenge was on and I was the first to find the tutors password. It wasn’t too difficult after much trial and error. I was in….

I had hacked into the main computer and had access to everything on it’s hard drive.

Well, guess what I found ?. Not only files relating to everyone in the class but the actual examination tests used at the end of the course.

It was like a Eureka moment. I was 16 years old and had done something that perhaps many other’s couldn’t or didn’t see the reason to. It was a definite thrill and can understand exactly what ‘hackers’ get out of infiltrating computer systems.  However, I was brought up well and I was honest ( apart from a little hacking ).

What was I going to do ?

Apart from trying to calm down and showing the other two sat either side of me that I’d got in, I realised that perhaps I shouldn’t have really been in there messing about. But I couldn’t just leave it there….

I couldn’t resist the fact that I had access to the examination files. I couldn’t help myself, I had to leave some sort of a ‘message’, or ‘visitors card’ to say the system had been accessed and was open to a security breach. I suppose it was a bit like scratching your name into the bark of a tree or scribing your initials into the school desk.

I wasn’t going to ‘logout’ without leaving my calling card.

I selected the examination file that covered out whole course and hit the ‘delete’ button.

It was gone ! OMG what had I done ????

I told the boys to quickly get out of the system and sat there shaking with fear.

It was a frightening experience, I knew I shouldn’t have deleted the examination files but I couldn’t resist it.

They shouldn’t have left them so vulnerable ! If I could hack into the computer then so could anyone else, so something needed to be done.

Look, I’m already trying to put the blame on them when it was clearly my fault !

The course ended a week earlier than it was supposed to and we were all ‘marked’ on our daily tasks and attendance rather than having to be marked on an actual examination.

Something tells me that they didn’t have any back up of the exam files and weren’t prepared to get another copy from the Education Authority for fear of embarrassment of losing their own copy so we didn’t have to sit it.

I’ve never written about this before but felt it was necessary to share with others about how I feel about insecure security systems and have always felt the same way. Possibly which is why I was drawn to Vodafone’s pathetic voicemail security 13 years ago and wanted to expose phone hacking in its early days.

This was the phone I used back in 1997 – A Motorola Microtac – Voicemail on Vodafone was hackable because of poor security.

To read more about that then please visit

Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed it.

Steven Nott

5th September 2012

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