Wiping Clean a Record of Arrest

On 19 January 2011 our client was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill a disgruntled employee. He was arrested and detained for a few hours. Our client thought nothing more of it until a couple of years later when during a routine Police stop, the Police Officer commented that our client had previously been arrested for threats to kill. Our client, a man of good character, a company director, was offended by this remark and felt it was blemish on his good character. We were instructed to look into the matter. We pursued a claim against the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police alleging the arrest on 19 January 2011 was unlawful. Despite denying liability, the Police reached an out-of-Court settlement. North Yorkshire Police paid our client £2000.00 in compensation, deleted his DNA, fingerprints and the fact that he was arrested from records and paid his legal costs.

The matter was handled by our Mr G S Kang, Head of the Police Actions Team, who commented that “an individual’s arrest has far reaching consequences because its recorded despite nothing coming of it. The arrest and detention were for a short period but it was important for our client to establish that his arrest was unlawful so that he could have records wiped clean”.

If you require assistance and advice on any Wrongful Arrest and False Imprisonment, you can contact us on Freephone 0333 800 0033.