Alexandrou v Oxford (Chief Constable of the Merseyside Police): CA 16 Feb 1990

A shop was burgled. The shop-owner blamed the police for their negligent investigation.
Held: The police were not liable in negligence.


Glidewell LJ, Slade LJ


[1993] 4 All ER 328, [1990] EWCA Civ 19, (1991) 3 Admin LR 675




England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedBrooks v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and others HL 21-Apr-2005
The claimant was with Stephen Lawrence when they were both attacked and Mr Lawrence killed. He claimed damages for the negligent way the police had dealt with his case, and particularly said that they had failed to assess him as a victim of crime, . .
CitedWelton, Welton v North Cornwall District Council CA 17-Jul-1996
The defendant authority appealed a finding that it was liable in negligence from the conduct of one of its environmental health officers. The plaintiff had set out to refurbish and open a restaurant. He said the officer gave him a list of things he . .
CitedHertfordshire Police v Van Colle; Smith v Chief Constable of Sussex Police HL 30-Jul-2008
Police Obligations to Witnesses is Limited
A prosecution witness was murdered by the accused shortly before his trial. The parents of the deceased alleged that the failure of the police to protect their son was a breach of article 2.
Held: The House was asked ‘If the police are alerted . .
To be confined to its factsKent v Griffiths and others CA 3-Feb-2000
A doctor attended the home of a patient suffering from an asthma attack and called for an ambulance to take her immediately to hospital. The control replied ‘Okay doctor.’ After 13 minutes the ambulance had not arrived and the patient’s husband made . .
Lists of cited by and citing cases may be incomplete.

Police, Negligence

Updated: 08 June 2022; Ref: scu.190037