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Trespass To Property

Trespass by the Police


Police must have a warrant in order to gain entry into an occupancy, these include:


  • Homes
  • Rented flats
  • Rented office spaces
  • Rented business spaces
  • Caravans
  • Vehicles


If the police have gained entry into without authority, specifically a warrant or invitation, you are entitled to make a civil claim against them.


There are times when the police are lawfully allowed to enter and search premises without a warrant. These include:


  • To deal with a breach of the peace or attempt to prevent it;
  • To enforce an arrest warrant;
  • To arrest a person in connection with an offence;
  • To recapture someone who has escaped from custody;
  • To save a life or;
  • To prevent serious damage to property


If you are unsure whether the police did enter your property for the purpose of one of the above warrant exempt occasions, it is important to seek legal advise to ascertain whether you are entitled to compensation.


It is important that you speak to Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities solicitors as soon as possible so they can advise you whilst you are still able to make a claim. The time limit for complaints against the police for trespassing to property or goods is six years.


For expert legal advice on actions against the police involving trespassing, call Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409.

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