Man accepts 100,000 pounds from police over assault claim

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A MAN who alleged he had been falsely imprisoned and assaulted by Metropolitan Police officers was yesterday paid out-of-court damages of pounds 10,000.

Simon Coley, 23, of Barnes, south-west London, was flung to the ground and beaten in front of his wife and 15-day-old daughter by officers who thought he was an escaped prisoner, Croydon County Court was told.

The doctor who examined Mr Coley the day after his arrest noted grazes to his hand and leg, and bruising on his back 'with associated muscular spasms'. He was forced to wear an orthopaedic collar and to have physiotherapy sessions twice a week. Three years afterwards, he was diagnosed as having suffered a slipped disc.

A police spokesman said: 'The Metropolitan Police has not accepted liability. It's an out-of-court settlement.'

Raju Bhatt, Mr Coley's solicitor, said he was delighted at the outcome but accused the police of 'playing games'.

He said: 'They recognise the wrong done and pay out substantial amounts, yet still maintain a denial of liability. It's ridiculous.'