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Dad wins PS15k over 'wrongful arrest'.


MERSEYSIDE Police paid a dad-of-two PS15,000 in compensation after prosecuting him, despite holding "no honest belief" he was guilty.

Nicholi Browse, 34, won his claim that he was wrongfully arrested, assaulted and maliciously prosecuted on drunk and disorderly charges.

But today he told the ECHO there were "no winners" in the case, as while fighting to clear his name, he could not be at his dying father's bedside.

Mr Browse, from West Kirby, said: "I should have spent my time at the hospice with my dad, rather than trying to prove my innocence when the police knew I was innocent from day one.

"My dad died of lung cancer the day before the verdict. It was an unbelievably hard and emotional week."

Liverpool County Court heard that Mr Browse and his wife, Anna, went out for a drink with two friends at the Wetherspoons pub, The Clairville, in Wallasey, on October 10, 2009. They had been in the pub for less than an hour when a fight broke out between a group of young men, who fled the scene.

Police arrived and he offered his help by pointing out that the culprits ran off across the car park.

He then bought another round before going outside for a cigarette with his wife and a friend. But when they tried to return inside, the doorman refused to let them back in, despite the fact their drinks remained untouched on a table visible through the window.

A policewoman joined the doorman and also refused them reentry. Mr Browse, who worked as a doorman, said he spoke calmly and politely, saying it was unfair they were not allowed to at least finish their drinks. Then Mr Browse was approached by PC Ronald Tulloch.

He said: "He lunged at me and pushed me and I took a couple of steps back. I had not even raised my hands. It was really poor policing."

The victim said he asked why he was shoved and PC Tulloch said he was being arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Mr Browse, who was not drunk, had not been disorderly, used any offensive language or tried to force his way into the pub, was handcuffed and taken to Birkenhead Police Station, where he was detained overnight. He was released at around 7.40am the next day and handed a fixed penalty notice, which he refused to accept.

Mr Browse feared he could lose his door licence and job when he was prosecuted for drunk and disorderly behaviour, but was found not guilty after a trial on August 16, 2010.

He then launched a civil claim for compensation against Merseyside Police for false imprisonment, assault and malicious prosecution.

The force denied any wrongdoing and the case went to a four-day civil trial this month.

Merseyside Police was ordered to pay Mr Browse PS15,000 in damages, plus his costs.

A police spokesman said: "We are determined to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity and to ensure officers maintain professional standards at all times. The force recognises the importance of maintaining people's confidence and trust in the services we provide to our communities across Merseyside."


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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 24, 2014
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