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Authorised and Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority SRA No. 561099

Murria Solicitors is the trading name of Murria Solicitors Limited.

Company Registration Number: 07515842

Unlawful Detention of Teacher

Mar 17 2010


On 12 June 2009 our client was walking along the street in Bath City Centre when he was arrested on suspicion of having stolen a shopper’s purse. Our client pleaded his innocence but nevertheless was taken away to a Police Station. After spending approximately 4 hours in a cell, he was released without charge. Murria was instructed to pursue a claim for compensation for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.

Our investigations revealed that a very short time after the arrest, Police Officers viewed CCTV footage which clearly showed that our client was not the offender. The Police accepted that he should have been released within minutes of his arrest and admitted unlawful detention. In an out of court settlement, the Police paid our client £1,000.00 compensation plus his legal costs.

The matter concluded in January 2010. The matter was handled by our Mr G S Kang, Partner and Head of the Civil Actions against the Police Team. He said, “this case highlights the duty of the Police to keep an individuals detention under constant review and as soon as facts come to light which prove the detained person innocence, then there is an obligation to release that person immediately. It also goes to show that although an arrest may be lawful the subsequent detention maybe unlawful. An out-of-Court settlement in the sum of £1,000 for 4 hours detention, settled within 4 months, is a good result for all the parties.
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