Police pay out £16,000 in compensation claims since 2012

PUBLISHED: 11:49 14 April 2014 | UPDATED: 11:49 14 April 2014

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Norfolk police have paid out more than £16,000 in compensation claims in the last two years.

Top five claims

Property damage - £1,750 (recovered)

Property damage - £1,026

False imprisonment - £1,000

Property damage - $946

Property damage - £779

More than 300 claims were made to the force from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2013, for incidents ranging from vehicle recovery and property damage to false imprisonment.

The largest single payment saw £1,750 paid out for an incident of property damage, which was later recovered in full by the force. In another, £1,000 was paid out for false imprisonment. Most of the payments are between £50 and £300.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said each compensation claim is judged on its merits by its lawyers.

“When a claim for compensation is received by the constabulary, it is investigated by our legal services team who assess liability and, if appropriate, the monetary value of the claim.

“This is assessed using legislation, case law, Judicial College Guidelines, force policies etc,” she said.

The figures were revealed after a Freedom of Information request made by a member of the public and published on Norfolk Police’s disclosure log.

The data includes the outcomes of 319 completed claims, but also shows that another 46 are still ongoing.

The majority of the claims relate to public liability costs, with £1,339 paid out for “financial loss”. All the financial loss claims were for vehicle recovery charges.

There are also details of compensation trials won by the constabulary, dating back as far as 2004.

Cases including claims of misfeasance in public office, property damage, return of property, vehicle recovery and loss of earnings have been fought and won by Norfolk Police.

According to the figures, the force has recouped £11,087 from the trials in costs.

Despite the £16,252 figure, the majority of claims brought against the police have been unsuccessful.

Of the 319 claims, 52 were successful. Of those, three were ultimately recovered by the police.

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