Metropolitan Police lose autism damages appeal

Last year, an autistic boy was awarded £28,250 when Metropolitan Police officers falsely imprisoned him after he jumped fully-clothed into Acton Baths, west London. During the arrest he was put in handcuffs and leg restraints and held in the back of a police van before being handed over to carers. Due to his severe autism and epilepsy, the judge ruled that the Metropolitan Police had carried out trespass to the person, assault and battery and false imprisonment under the Disability Discrimination Act and the Human Rights Act. The Metropolitan Police put through an appeal last month saying the ruling could affect their operational effectiveness. Appeal judges have now rejected the bid to overturn the damages award. Lord Dyson stated that “nothing could justify the manner in which the police restrained ZH”. A Police spokesman then added that the commissioner has “recognised that there are improvements to be made in how the Met Police respond to those in our communities suffering from mental health”. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with personal injury solicitors in Richmond and across the country.