I believe the sutcliffe v police relates to Sutcliffe suing the police because his car was destroyed (arson) whilst in the polices' 'custody'.
After sutcliffe had been arrested his car was taken for forensics. When he was imprisoned he asked that his car be sold and the money put into his prison account. It turned out it had been burnt out in a police station compound.
I think the ruling was that the police don't have to be Insurers and the case went against him.
Obviously my case is different. My goods were seized to either stop me from continuing a crime (which I wasn't); or as evidence, (the police aren't totally clear on this but assume the former).
Originally I was convicted of 'conspiracy to aid and abett' (unknown in Law)
The whole case was a farce, we were going to to be found guilty no matter what. The 'boys' had 'decided'.
My Barrister told me we wouldn't get justice until we got to the court of appeal and he was right.
I was acquitted of all charges relating to my business on appeal by the Lord Chief Justice. The CPS asked for permission for a retrial which was refused so they went behind his back and did it anyway! Luckily the judge ruled that this was an abuse of process and Autrafois aquit applied (forgive my poor latin).
The police wanted to and did put me out of business.
They admit that the damage was caused by poor storage on their part.
They know they have left me destitute and unable to pay for legal representation.
They know that legal aid is not available for this case
Do the police, as bailors, have a duty of care when seizing and storing my property?
If they damage, lose, destroy my goods do they have to compensate me? they certainly don't think they have to!
If they do, who do I sue, the officer in charge of the case or the chief constable?
The police have dragged their feet over anything to do with this and have considerably shortened the time I have to get them into court.
What the police, cps and the original trial judge did was wrong on very many levels and they must not be allowed to get away with it...
However I am a realist, if I am wasting my time please tell me.