Friday, 15 April 2011
Yesterday the Metropolitan Police lost an action in the High Court brought by two claimants who had sued for the third tort in the 'trespass against the person' category - false imprisonment. The Police had wrongly 'imprisoned' them by the use of the tactic of 'kettling'. The High Court found that holding these peaceful protesters was unjustified, and therefore was illegal. False imprisonment is a tort which involves stopping someone leaving a place without legal authority. It is not restricted to being held in a room. (One case involved a man stranded on a roof after the defendant took his ladder).