Wirral Man Receives Payout for Wrongful Arrest & Assault [19th Apr 2012]
Merseyside police have been ordered to pay a Wirral man £12,000 compensation after they admitted he was unlawfully arrested and assaulted. David Ovien was out with friends in August 2009 when he was refused entry to a nightclub, despite have paid his entry fee. He was forced out of the venue and down some stairs. Being afraid of falling, Ovien told the bouncers to allow him to leave on his own, however police soon arrived and forcibly removed him from the club and arrested him. Later, at the police station he was thrown to the floor and banged his head. Mr Ovien took the matter to court and was acquitted and later made the claim for compensation due to the great stress the event and subsequent court appearances caused him.
Man awarded compensation from police after unlawful arrest - www.marketwatch.com
MP's are claiming that pensioners should be compensated by the Bank of England because of the loss of their retirement dreams. A report into the impact of quantitative easing on those entering retirement has been released which shows the sacrifice made by pensioners in order to maintain low interest rates and improve economic growth. The report from a treasury select committee has stated that pensioners need to be given an urgent lifeline in the light of interest rates which barely rise above 6% for savings and in many cases are much lower. This compares to an annual return of around 16% in 1990. This is having a huge impact on the pension payouts for the average retired person. The report does point out that some pensioners may have benefited from improvements in asset prices, but not all pensioners would have seen this effect. The report suggests that the government should offer a compensation package in the Autumn Statement and that the Bank of England should publish the benefits and losses suffered by pensioners due to QE. Ros Altman from Saga has pointed out that QE is not making much of an impact on the economy, but is affecting pensioners considerably.
Pensioners should be compensated for quantitative easing' - www.thisismoney.co.uk
Bank policy cripples pensioners say Mps - money.aol.co.uk
Compensate pensioners for savings lost, say MPs - www.guardian.co.uk
Campaigners in the UK are waiting to hear if parents could be eligible for compensation from Apple if their children run up bills on their iPhones by accident. The US court case alleges that Apple encourages children to spend money on iTunes on their parent's phones without having to gain permission. Some apps which are free to download can later incur charges if the child builds up 'currency' to buy items within the game. The US court case states that these types of games are addictive and that they encourage the children to buy currency worth in excess of $100 USD. No credit card details are required and the cost is charged to the parents iTunes account. Consumer Action Group in the UK has stated that if the case in the US is won by the parents, similar action could be taken in the UK in County Courts which would be simple and cheap. Apple have pointed out that they have security settings on their phones which allow parents to block children from making purchases.
Parents sue Apple over children's costly and highly addictive apps - www.dailymail.co.uk
A former police officer has been awarded £840,000 in compensation after he was framed for a crime he did not commit. Sultan Alam says he was racially abused by his colleagues at the Cleveland police and following the allegations, he lost his marriage, his health, his career and his reputation. He also spent 9 months in prison for conspiracy to steal motor parts which was later overturned in the Court of Appeal. It was found that Alam's colleagues had framed him after he sued the police for racial discrimination. A number of racially motivated events had happened including a KKK poster being left on his desk. This happened in 1996 and he was not cleared until 2007. Alam points out that he would have risen to a rank of superintendent, although this was challenged by the police. He was, however given his old job back after his name was cleared, but he was unable to work beyond 2009 due to ill health. Alam went on to say that this type of injustice could still happen today and that safeguards need to be put in place.
Former police officer wins £840,000 compensation after 'stitch-up'. - www.guardian.co.uk
Wrongfully jailed ex-PC awarded £800K payout. - uk.news.yahoo.com
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