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.