The Metropolitan Police have agreed to pay substantial damages to a Tottenham man who claims he was wrongly arrested and then assaulted at Tottenham police station in March 1991.

Stedroy Williams, an electrical engineer, now aged 33, was driving in Seven Sisters Road, north London, when he was stopped by police and told that he was speeding. He was taken to Tottenham police station and told he was being arrested for another offence.

While in custody, he claims he was repeatedly beaten by officers. He was later released by police who had apparently mistaken him for another man.

After the incident, Mr Williams initiated legal action against the police, with the help of Bernie Grant, the Labour MP. The police offered to settle the case out of court by paying compensation to Mr Williams.