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Bedfordshire Police Ordered to Pay Libel Damages to Man Cleared of Murder – Bento v Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police


It is not uncommon, in the wake of a high profile criminal case resulting in an acquittal, or where a person convicted of an offence has the conviction quashed, to see a police spokesman make a statement. This might be to the effect that “the matter remains open but we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the matter” or words to a similar effect. In light of the decision of Mr Justice Bean in Bento v The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police [2012] EWHC 1525 (QB), I suggest that police forces across the UK will require to exercise more care in future in commenting on such an event. Continue reading


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