Police face payouts after bungled raids
PUBLISHED: 14:56 18 June 2017
Avon and Somerset Constabulary has been forced to pay out more than £16,000 in compensation over the past six years – because of police raids carried out on the wrong houses.
Data released under the Freedom of Information Act reveals the force has parted with at least £500 every year as a result of bungled raids, with the errors peaking in 2011/12, when payouts topped £5,000.
Mistakes within the past 12 months have led to compensation payments totalling £1,759.
The force says the raids all involved ‘premises entered using force’.
The constabulary added: “(The data) relates to claims received for premises entry carried out at the wrong address, generally where the officers mistakenly went to the wrong premises when they had powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act to enter different premises.
“These numbers only relate to incidents where a claim was made and recorded. In none of cases were any items seized in error.”
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