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Ex Mirror reporter James Hipwell claims hacking widespread

21 December 2011 Last updated at 11:13 GMT

A former Daily Mirror financial reporter who was jailed for for two months for his part in an insider trading scam has told the Leveson Inquiry phone hacking was widespread on the paper,

James Hipwell, who worked under Piers Morgan, received a six-month prison sentence in February 2006 for making nearly £41,000. He mentioned the stocks in the Daily Mirror's City Slickers column and then quickly sold them as values soared.

When asked whether there was anything that made him think Piers Morgan knew that phone hacking was taking place, he said it was very unlikely Mr Morgan did not know about the practice.