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Gough and Another v The Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police: CA 2 Mar 2004

The claimants sought return of vehicle parts from the police. The police replied that the goods had been tampered with in such a way as to suggest they may have been stolen, and that they were therefore kept, even after the finish of the court procedings against the claimants, to ascertain their ownership under the … Continue reading Gough and Another v The Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police: CA 2 Mar 2004

Webb v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police: CA 26 Nov 1999

The Police had confiscated money suspected to be the proceeds of drug trafficking, but no offence was proved. The magistrates had refused to return the money under the 1897 Act. The claimants now sought to reciver it under civil proceedings. Held: The judge was wrong to have found public policy grounds for refusing to order … Continue reading Webb v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police: CA 26 Nov 1999

Regina (on the application of Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police) v Daventry Justices: 2001

Appeals against decisions by magistrates under the Act can be by way of application for judicial review. Citations: [2001] EWHC Admin 446 Statutes: Police (Property) Act 1897 1(1) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Morgan, Regina (on the Application of) v Justices of Dyfed Powys Magistrates’ Court Admn 18-Jun-2003 Money had been taken … Continue reading Regina (on the application of Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police) v Daventry Justices: 2001

Raymond Lyons and Co Ltd v Metropolitan Police Commissioner: QBD 1975

A suspected thief had left a valuable ring with the claimant jewellers for valuation. They reported the matter to the police and handed the ring to them. The suspected thief never reappeared, and no-one claiming to be the true owner emerged. The police did not return the ring to the jewellers, who applied to the … Continue reading Raymond Lyons and Co Ltd v Metropolitan Police Commissioner: QBD 1975

Regina v Uxbridge Justices, ex parte Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis: CA 1981

The applicant was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for handling stolen currency notes from travellers at an airport. The police retained cash from his house, which he claimed. He applied for its return. The police not having opposed the application, now sought judicial review of the award of his costs. Held: Lord Denning would have … Continue reading Regina v Uxbridge Justices, ex parte Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis: CA 1981

Commissioner of Police of The Metropolis v Meekey: Admn 12 Jan 2021

The claimant had been convicted and served his time for possession of a large collection of obsolete or antique firearms. He now sought their return. The police replied that he was in any event out of time. Held: ‘Section 3(2) of the 1980 Act is, at least in the context of that Act, a somewhat … Continue reading Commissioner of Police of The Metropolis v Meekey: Admn 12 Jan 2021

Betts v Receiver of Metropolitan Police District and Carter Paterson and Co Ltd: 1932

The police seized from the claimant certain cloth believing it to be stolen from Carter Paterson and delivered it to Carter Paterson, without any order under the 1897 Act. The claimant sued the receiver and Carter Paterson. Held: Since the theft could not be established and the delivery had been made without any order under … Continue reading Betts v Receiver of Metropolitan Police District and Carter Paterson and Co Ltd: 1932

O’Leary International Ltd v North Wales Police: Admn 31 May 2012

The company employed drivers to cross the UK. They were stopped and did not have the requisite drivers records. Instead they produced certificates as to having had rest days. These proved false, and the drivers said that the had been produced for them by the employer. The drivers were convicted and the lorries impounded. The … Continue reading O’Leary International Ltd v North Wales Police: Admn 31 May 2012

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Regina (on the application of Carter) v Ipswich Magistrates’ Court: Admn 2002

Mrs Carter had paid a man to murder someone. The man was an undercover police agent. In time Mrs Carter was convicted of soliciting to commit murder, but Mr Carter was acquitted. She disclaimed all interest in the money she had paid in favour of her husband. He applied to the Magistrates under the Act, … Continue reading Regina (on the application of Carter) v Ipswich Magistrates’ Court: Admn 2002