Paul McCartney wants answers in phone hack claim

Revered ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has told journalists he thinks his phone was hacked by tabloid hacks and said he intends to talk to the police to get to the bottom of the affair.

Macca's ex-wife Heather Mills has claimed a journalist who worked for the Mirror Group told her he hacked her phone to hear voicemail messages left by Sir Paul. She said on the BBC programme Newsnight that the journalist called her up back in 2001 when she we dating the musician and "started quoting verbatim the messages from my machine".

McCartney told journalists phone hacking was "a horrendous violation of privacy". He is currently on a US and said he wants to talk to the police when he gets back to Blighty

"I am going to talk to the police because apparently I have been hacked," he said.

"I don't know much about it because they won't tell anyone except the person themselves. So I will be talking to them about that.

"I do think it's horrendous violation of privacy. I do think it has been going on for a long time and I do think more people than we know knew about it.

Heather Mills' accusations prompted a robust riposte from ex-Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan who laid into her reputation and questioned her integrity.

"No doubt everyone will take this and other instances of somewhat extravagant claims by Ms. Mills into account in assessing what credibility and platform her assertions are given," Morgan wrote in a prepared statement

However, in a newspaper article Morgan wrote in 2006 in the Mail on Sunday he said: “At one stage I was played a tape of a message Paul had left for Heather on her mobile phone"

"It was heartbreaking. The couple had clearly had a tiff. He sounded lonely, miserable and desperate, and even sang 'We Can Work It Out' into the answer phone."

He added: "I have never hacked a phone, told anyone to hack a phone, nor to my knowledge published any story obtained from the hacking of a phone".