£10k compo for ‘rough’ ar­rest

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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.

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