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Football fans still receive harsh treatment following police assault

The Guardian’s piece on football fans being abused by the police made for chilling reading.

The sad case of Tommy Meyers, an innocent fan who was attacked by a police dog, mirrors that of Mr. B, a client of mine.

He had been on an awayday to watch Everton play Stoke City with friends. He was transported with hundreds of other fans from the ground to Stoke-on-Trent train station. Upon arrival, he went to enter the station to travel home. As he did so, he was confronted by a British Transport Police officer who told him to disperse. Mr B repeated his appeal in a non confrontational manner to enter the station whereupon the officer unleashed his dog upon him so causing Mr B severe injuries.

Mr. B approached me as I am a specialist actions against the police solicitor. Following investigations I was convinced that he was, indeed, the victim of a serious miscarriage of justice and lodged a civil claim on his behalf.

Over 2 months later, Mr B was informed that he was to be prosecuted for using threatening, abusive or insulting words contrary to section 4 of the Public Order Act.

Following representations, those criminal proceedings were withdrawn.

The civil claim was vigorously defended. Relevant CCTV footage of the incident was mysteriously lost. Other non relevant CCTV footage and witness evidence was disclosed seeking to suggest that Mr B was a known football hooligan.

After a 23 day trial, the jury found that the dog had been negligently unleashed, that Mr B had been unlawfully arrested and then the subject of a malicious prosecution. He was awarded in excess of £93,000 in damages plus all his legal costs.

I am saddened that, despite this high profile case, it would appear that lessons have not been learned.

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Police policy on retaining DNA is unlawful, says UK Supreme Court.

A recent Supreme Court ruling has confirmed that the police’s policy of keeping innocent people’s DNA after they have been investigated and cleared of an offence is unlawful.

The BBC reported that the UK Supreme Court found by a 5-2 majority that the police’s policy was incompatible with a 2008 European Court of Human Rights decision.

The fact that it has taken 3 years to follow on from our European neighbours is shameful. For several years now I have been advising innocent people that the only way to have their fingerprints etc destroyed is via the Association of Chief Police Officers exceptional guidelines route. Unfortunately, this was fraught with uncertainty as it was entirely discretionary with no right of appeal.

As the Supreme Court have now found those guidelines unlawful, which in my opinion is the right decision, innocent people who have been told in the past that their DNA will be kept now have a right to challenge the police’s stance.

I expect that actions against the police solicitors like me will be very busy in the coming months assisting people to have their DNA information removed from the database, and their right to privacy restored.

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Actions Against the Police Solicitor

Hi!

As this is my first post, I thought you should know a little about me. I’m a solicitor (lawyer) based in Liverpool. My main practice area is actions against the police work, although I also deal with personal injury cases as they often overlap.

I represent people from all walks of life, some of whom have had regular encounters with the Police, others only the once!

All my client’s have a story to tell and some of these stories will shock you!

In this website you will find information about what actions against the police are, why I chose to write about them, case reports, and commentary.

If you want to contact me or discuss the blog, please post a comment or contact me via the online form below or my firm’s website.

I hope you enjoy reading (and commenting) on the blog.

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