Beckhams win court order on mansion pictures

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David and Victoria Beckham have won a legal battle to stop a national newspaper from publishing unauthorised photographs of the interior of their new £3.5m Hertfordshire mansion.

The High Court injunction was granted on Wednesday evening, days before the photographs were due to appear in the Sunday People.

A builder renovating the property had obtained the images without the couple's permission. He had secured a five-figure sum for 30 high-quality photographs, including some taken in the mansion's seven bedrooms.

The Beckhams consulted lawyers after the Sunday People expressed an interest in the photographs.

The High Court ruling bans the newspaper's owner, Mirror Group Newspapers, from publishing any photographs of the Sawbridgeworth mansion unless they have been taken "outside the boundaries".

The England football captain, 26, and his singer wife, of Spice Girl fame, hope to be settled in the mansion in time for their second wedding anniversary on July 4. They have reportedly spent £3m on refurbishing the property, which includes a gymnasium, a 100ft indoor pool, a recording studio, a snooker room and the latest security gadgets.

Their lounge is dominated by a huge photo collage of their young son, Brooklyn, whose bedroom will feature a giant mural of Cinderella and Prince Charming that will hang over his bed.

It has taken Jan Przybysz, an artist, some three months to create the £8,000 cartoon extravaganza covering Brooklyn's bedroom walls. One corner has a floor-to-ceiling scene of The Jungle Book with the Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse standing on a nearby tree branch above Donald and Daisy Duck.

More walls and a huge wardrobe are covered by Disney movie scenes, including Winnie the Pooh, The Lady and the Tramp, Alice in Wonderland and Snow White with her seven dwarves, while Tinkerbell from Peter Pan is poised above the door to the en suite bathroom.

The couple also have a £300,000 penthouse in Cheshire, but Mrs Beckham wanted a family home near her parents. Her father, Tony, supervised work on the Grade II listed building, which is set in 24 acres.