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  • 10 March 2014, 15:45

Harry Styles Wins Paparazzi Court Orders

One Direction singer Harry Styles has won permanent injunctions against four members of the paparazzi as part of harassment proceedings he launched last year.

The star went to court as a last resort after he was unable to prevent photographers from pursuing him by car or motorcycle or waiting outside his home.

Speaking at the High Court, his barrister said he was "happy to inform" Mr Justice Dingemans that the four defendants consented to permanent injunctions - while efforts were continuing to identify other photographers.

David Sherborne said 20-year-old Styles, who was not in court for the hearing, was very keen to emphasise that he was not seeking a "privacy injunction", nor was he trying to prevent fans from approaching him in the street and taking photographs as he was "happy with that".

The High Court has heard the action relates to "the method or tactics which have been used by a certain type of photographer".

Mr Sherborne told Mr Justice Dingemans that the four had been identified "by virtue of their motor vehicles and other information", and inquiries were continuing to be made through the DVLA in an attempt to identify others.

It was hoped that because of the protection the courts had given the star, other individuals "have in fact gone to ground and that is the last we hear of them".

Mr Sherborne asked the judge to adjourn the case for four weeks as further inquiries were being made.

He said it was hoped that when the case returned to court "it will be clear whether we can identify those remaining individuals and progress proceedings, or instead bring this successful claim to an end, having achieved an end to the crazy pursuit of the claimant when he is not on official duties".

One Direction are currently the biggest boyband in the world and are constantly followed by fans and members of the media.