Lynette White: Former detectives lose legal bid

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Eight former detectives who were cleared of corruption charges following the investigation into the murder of Cardiff prostitute Lynette White have lost a legal bid to sue South Wales Police.

Graham Moucher, Thomas Page, Richard Powell, John Seaford, Michael Daniels, Peter Greenwood, Paul Jennings and Paul Stephen went on trial accused of framing a group of Cardiff men over Lynette's murder in 1988.

Stephen Miller, Yusef Abdullahi and Anthony Paris spent four years behind bars before their convictions were quashed on appeal.

The real killer was eventually caught a decade later.

More than £30 million of taxpayers' money was spent on the ex-South Wales Police officers' trial before the case collapsed when key documents went missing.

The detectives in the original investigation, who had all denied any wrongdoing, later launched a legal bid to sue their old employers for a host of claims including unlawful arrest and misfeasance in public office.

But High Court Judge Mr Justice Wyn Williams dismissed all the claimants' applications at a hearing at Cardiff Civil Justice Centre today.