Saturday, 11 May 2013

That's What Plod Does - They Picked The Wrong Family, In This Case

10 May 2013 Last updated at 20:07

Cleveland Police in huge damages payout to lawyer

"James Watson is one of the best known defence solicitors in North Eastern England

Cleveland Police has agreed to pay £550,000 in damages after prominent defence lawyer James Watson was falsely imprisoned, BBC Newsnight has learned.

The unprecedented payout includes £80,000 in exemplary damages - the maximum possible amount."

"According to the IPCC, Ch Insp Riordan presented unsubstantiated evidence to a senior judge when he went to the Old Bailey to apply for warrants to search Mr Watson's property.

The judge was left with the impression that there were reasonable grounds to believe Mr Watson was involved in money laundering, which was untrue."

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