£10k compo for ‘rough’ arrest
AN innocent man who rang 999 from the back of POLICE VAN has won £10,000 damages for being ‘roughed up’ by cops.
Insurance company worker Tomas James, 28, was wrongly bundled into a police van during a night out with friends in Cardiff in 2008.
Mr James dialled 999 to get help from the emergency services as he was left handcuffed and locked in.
A transcript of his 999 call was given to the Cardiff Civil Justice Centre – as he asked the operator for protection.
It read: “I was arrested but they haven’t told me what for. The police were very heavy handed with me and my friend, we have been roughed up.”
South Wales Police confirmed they had settled the case without any admission of liability.