DF v Chief Constable of Norfolk Police Secretary of State for Home Department: Admn 15 Aug 2002

A prisoner serving a life sentence challenged the decision of the Prison Service to refuse to admit him to a witness protection unit and contended that the Norfolk Police had failed in their duty to provide appropriate information to the Prison Service.
Held: The decision was quashed. The duty to protect the life of a prisoner against the risk of attacks by fellow prisoners involved different considerations from that owed to persons out in the community and, by inference, from that owed to a potentially suicidal prisoner.


Crane J


[2002] EWHC 1738 (Admin)



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CitedVan Colle v Hertfordshire Police QBD 10-Mar-2006
The claimants claimed for the estate of their murdered son. He had been waiting to give evidence in a criminal trial, and had asked the police for support having received threats. Other witnesses had also suffered intimidation including acts of . .
CitedVan Colle and Another v Chief Constable of the Hertfordshire Police CA 24-Apr-2007
The deceased had acted as a witness in an intended prosecution. He had sought protection after being threatened. No effective protection was provided, and he was murdered. The chief constable appealed a finding of liability.
Held: The . .
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Updated: 08 June 2022; Ref: scu.189077