Court awards £19,000 in damages in claim against Metropolitan Police

Monday 23 November 2015

A claim was brought for conversion against the police after their officers refused to return the claimant's seized vehicle, and authorised a third party to recover it from their car pound. The vehicle was never returned to the claimant.

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The police defended all issues, pleading good faith and put the claimant to proof on ownership. At trial, a handwriting expert proved that the third party had forged the claimant’s signature on a sales receipt and DVLA documentation. The claimant also proved that the officer in the case had breached police standard operating procedures by returning a seized vehicle while ownership was in dispute.

Her Honour Judge Baucher awarded £19,000 in damages to the claimant following a trial at the Central London County Court. The police were also ordered to pay the claimant’s costs.

Ifeanyi Odogwu is a member of Garden Court Chambers’ Claims against the Police and Public Authorities team. He was instructed by G.M. Hewett Solicitors.

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