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Victim of unlawful arrest and malicious prosecution paid compensation by Metropolitan Police

In 2015 “M” was driving her car when she was pulled over by police. M had been having a meal out with her partner at a local pub. M co-operated with police officers and a breathalyser test was administered, which was negative. One of the police officers appeared annoyed and entered into a discussion with M’s partner, which became heated.

The officer threatened M, stating to her partner words to the effect of “if you don’t shut up she will get a ticket for failing to stop”. This was the first time that any officer mentioned an offence of failing to stop. This came across as a threat towards M’s partner rather than a notification that any action was being considered against M in relation to an offence.

M was not arrested or otherwise detained, but as she tried to leave the area, the officer grabbed M by the shoulders, which is an assault.  

M was later permitted to leave the scene but subsequently received a postal summons to attend court. An offence of failing to stop was pursued at the Magistrates Court, but was later dismissed after hearing the evidence of the police officers. Following a complaint M made to the Metropolitan Police, one of the officers involved was subject to misconduct proceedings. He received a written warning as a result for assaulting M, amongst other things.

M pursued a claim for false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office. The claim successfully settled following pre-action correspondence.

M was represented by Ruth Mellor at Saunders Law.

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At Saunders Law, we offer expert legal assistance and representation in civil claims against the police, including for false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office and under the Human Rights Act. We can also assist you in making a complaint against the officers involved. We’re well-known for actions against the police and other state authorities, and take a thorough and determined approach to cases, working hard to ensure that you obtain the appropriate level of damages for the wrong that you have suffered. All of our solicitors within the Civil Liberties and Actions against the Police Department have extensive experience in this area.

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