Lord Hanningfield wins court fight

Disgraced peer Lord Hanningfield won a landmark victory today in a damages claim against Essex Police. He was awarded £3,500 in damages.

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Compensation will go to Essex cancer charity

A former Tory peer found guilty of fiddling his House of Lords expenses, has successfully sued Essex Police over his arrest for a separate fraud allegation.

While Lord Hanningfield was leader of Essex County Council, it was alleged he'd fraudulently used his corporate credit card.

No charges were brought and the 72-year-old claimed he was unlawfully arrested.

Today a High Court judge agreed with him, and awarded £3,500 in damages. Serena Sandhu reports.

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Essex Police respond to Lord Hanningfield ruling

Essex Police Credit: PA

Essex Police have issued the following statement in reaction to Lord Hanningfield winning his compensation case.

Essex Police is disappointed with today’s judgment and are considering the merits of appealing the decision.

We note that the court accepted that officers had acted in good faith and that they had honestly believed the arrest was necessary.

The decision to arrest is never taken lightly and we recognise the right of individuals to challenge such decisions before the Courts.

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Lord Hanningfield talks about suing Essex Police

He was one of our region's highest profile politicians to be embroiled in the expenses saga - going to prison for fiddling his claims to the House of Lords. But that wasn't the end of Lord Hanningfield's story.

Now back among his Peers at Westminster, he's suing Essex Police - claiming he was falsely arrested during a separate investigation. After the High Court reserved a judgement on that case today,

Lord Hanningfield told our Correspondent Elodie Harper Essex Police were heavy handed - the force denies doing anything wrong.

Hanningfield must wait for court outcome

Lord Hanningfield Credit: ITV Anglia

Disgraced Essex peer Lord Hanningfield, who was jailed for a House of Lords expenses fiddle, must wait to hear the outcome of his High Court claim for more than £6,000 damages from police who he accuses of unlawful arrest and detention.

After a day and a half of legal argument at London’s High Court one of the country’s top judges, Mr Justice David Eady has reserved judgment in the case and will give it in writing later. He said he will do it as soon as possible but no date has been fixed.

The 72-year-old peer claims his arrest over the alleged fraudulent use of the corporate credit card while leader of Essex County Council was unlawful and unnecessary.

Dring the hearintg he told the judge he almost had a breakdown following his arrest and detention in September 2011.

At the time he had been out of prison for just a few days after serving nine weeks of a nine month sentence imposed at Chelmsford Crown Court in the July after he was found guilty of six counts of false accounting and ordered to pay back more than £30,000.

Lord Hanningfield sues Essex Police

Lord Hanningfield Credit: ITV Anglia

Former Tory peer Lord Hanningfield, who has brought a damages action against the police, told the High Court today how he was overwhelmed by the "tsunami" of the expenses scandal.

The 72 year old is suing Essex Police for up to £6,500 compensation over events in September 2011 - days after his release from prison after serving nine weeks of a nine month sentence for false accounting in relation to his parliamentary expenses.

The police, who deny that his arrest, detention and search of his home near Chelmsford were unlawful, were conducting an investigation into expenses from when the peer was leader of Essex County Council.

It was later discontinued without any charges being brought.

Lord Hanningfield told Mr Justice Eady in London that he accepted he made mistakes over his parliamentary expenses but did not ever think he was doing anything wrong.

"But I was convicted by a jury and that's how life is. It is water under the bridge."

The case continues.

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