A teacher falsely accused of assaulting a pupil has won a landmark High Court ruling against the police for unlawful arrest.Did they have a reason, or was this another ‘just following standard procedure’ case?
Mark Richardson was held in a police cell after an 11-year-old boy claimed the 39-year-old had punched him in the throat.Given that he was dealing with the monumentally-incompetent West Midland Police, you’d think he’d have known better…
The heavy-handed police action came weeks after the alleged offence and after the boy’s parents said they did not wish to pursue the matter.
Furthermore the school said it would handle the matter internally and Mr Richardson, who voluntarily went to a police station to speak to officers, was adamant the claim was false.
A police spokesman said: ‘Following the court ruling West Midlands Police will launch an internal investigation into this matter to review the circumstances of the arrest and handling of the case.They’ll have the last laugh, though:
‘Until this is completed it would be inappropriate to comment on today’s ruling or the case in question.’
Mr Richardson also wanted the police to be forced to destroy DNA samples, fingerprints and photographs taken from him during the arrest and to remove or amend his arrest entry on the Police National Computer.I guess now he’s won his case – and compensation – he can forget that…
The judge declined these requests, leaving any alteration of police records to West Midlands Police.