Forced Entry (3305/15)
Please can I have the number of claims for compensation made over the last three years (2011-2014) regarding forced entry into the wrong property while executing a warrant which are over the value of £2,000, the total amount paid and if at all possible where the claim was made.
Could you also tell me under what terms people can make claims for compensation.
Under what terms people can make claims for compensation.
There is no definitive answer to this question liability may lie where, for instance,
- We enter the wrong property in circumstances where the warrant is for no. 49 and we erroneously enter no. 47
- Where we obtain a warrant in circumstances where the intelligence we are relying upon should not reasonably have been relied upon or where insufficient detail was given to the Court in our Application leading to the granting of a Warrant
- Where the suspect we are looking to arrest has no connection to the property or where it is clear the property is unoccupied at the time of entry
- Where we do not follow procedure –ie (a) we execute the warrant outside the period of its validity or (b) fail to leave the occupier’s copy of the warrant at the property at the conclusion of the search
- Where the forced entry is lawful per se but where excessive force was used on entry, for instance the door was unlocked, or we have caused unnecessary damage within the premises
- We may make an ex gratia payment as a ‘gesture of goodwill’ where there is no liability at law but in circumstances where, for instance, we enter unnecessarily to save life or limb under S17 PACE.
Can I have the number of claims for compensation made over the last three years (2011-2014) which are over the value of £2,000, the total amount paid and if at all possible where the claim was made.
Please note that it is not recorded whether the claims and compensation payments were specifically because it was the wrong premises or if entry was forced under the terms of a warrant. The following data is the closest that we hold to your request.
The number of claims (now closed) received during the period 31 March 2011 to 01 April 2014 is 42. Compensation paid on 6 of those claims totalling £19,131.20
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.
The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.
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