BBC Scotland reports that a man who was wrongfully arrested and sent to prison on remand has been awarded £100,000 in compensation from Police Scotland.

Fiona McNelis
Fiona McNelis
Senior Associate Solicitor & Head of Public Law, Civil

Whilst this is a Scottish case and therefore outside the jurisdiction of the UK Courts, it stresses the importance of holding public bodies to account for their actions.

In this case, Mr Webb was arrested and spent 3 nights on remand in prison.

Mr Webb had no criminal convictions and this is clearly a case where the Scottish Police were guilty of mistakenly identifying Mr Webb as the suspect.  Mr Webb produced his passport, driving licence and photos of himself as evidence to show that he was not the suspect.  Yet the police arrested him, took him to the police station and detained him.  It beggars belief that this can happen.

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