Police Duty of Care Established
Judgment was handed down at the High Court in Manchester on Monday dismissing an appeal against a finding, as a preliminary issue, that Greater Manchester Police assumed responsibility for someone who subsequently took their own life following a 999 call. Mr Justice King found that the Recorder below was entitled to find, in the circumstances of the case and having listened to the 999 call from the Deceased’s mother, that the police had given assurances that they would provide assistance sufficient to have assumed responsibility and thereby created a situation where a duty of care arose. Whilst this case turned on its facts, it represents an important example of where the police have been found to have a duty of care, notwithstanding successive appelllant authorities which provide for significant restrictions on the same.
Iain Daniels represented the successful Claimant/Respondent.
Full judgment available here: http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2018/1746.html