Sure. This man rented a house from me. He said he didn't like it and wanted to move to another property I have. I agreed and told him he would need to confirm in writing why he wasn't happy. He hit the roof on being asked to wite things down. He said it was old fashioned.
When I went into the house I found that he had wripped the wall paper off the wall and smashed a light fitting. Later, when I wanted payment for the second house he photographed what he had done, and said, if I asked for payment for services he would use the photographs to destroy my business (these images have been on tripadvisor for 7 months). He did all this in a frightening way in my home, and has been investigated for a public order offence. The police are considering wether or not his conduct amounted to blackmail.
A horrible experience.
I'd rather not pursue this guy personally as he is such a nasty piece of work, and was wondering if you can just go after the Met (it might be relevant to say that he was harrasing me for months after and some of the phone calls he admitted were "while he wasn't busy at work")
I should add that he attempted to take me to court using these photographs. Which I understand to be a common law criminal offence of fabricating evidence.
he also left, admiting that he owed money but saying I'd have to sue him to get it, which I understand to be making off without payment
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How far has the police complaint got?
What do you want to actually sue for? Money?
Vicariousliability ends if the employee is "off on a frolic of his own" (they are,believe it or not, the legal terms) so it would depend whether it was doingthis as an extension of his duty or not.
I think it is doubtful.
There is anotherissue and that is the courts are reluctant to enforce financial claims againstthe police if they do something wrong and therefore is most unlikely that this wouldextend enforcing it against the police authority for conduct of one of theofficers in the officers private life..
I would make afurther complaint about their breach of statutory duty.
I assume that theofficer has been suspended meanwhile and if not, I would make a complaint aboutthat.
I think you havea claim against the police officer in harassment but it gives you no more rightthan it would against anyone else who was harassing you, and that is to havethe raster wall or, ultimately, prosecuted.
I'm going to bebrutally frank with you and tell you that I don't think you are going to getany money for this other than compensation in respect of any criminal damageand that will have to come from the culprit and not the police.
I think a claimagainst the police will fail. Sorry, I appreciate this is not the answer youwanted but there is no point in me misleading you.
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