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Unlawful arrest – inadequate grounds for suspecting person to be guilty of an offence
Where a court finds a wrongful arrest, it is often due to inadequate grounds for belief in its necessity. However, a brief judgment in Smith v Police Service for Northern Ireland  NIQB 39 is a demonstration of where there is a lack of reasonable suspicion that the person arrested has, themselves, committed the offence. Also of interest is the sum for damages – £3,550 for the unlawful arrest and ten hours’ consequent unlawful detention.
The judgment was an appeal from a county-court decision, so it contains only a summary of the facts rather than the detailed findings.
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