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Section 18 is a power used after somebody is arrested and held at a police station. Did you know the suspect?
OK do you know exactly what led the police to your address? Did they give you any information?
The police power to enter and search a property is set out in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. In some cases the police can use force to enter the property but that force must be reasonable and proportionate. Each force has there own procedure for dealing with compensation where damage is caused but rarely do they pay out if they have exercised their powers properly. In your case if the police are refusing to pay out it may be because they feel they exercised their powers properly and had enough evidence to justify entering the property. If they have refused to pay out your only options are to pay for th damage yourself or to sue the police in the small claims court; but this could end up being costly and there is no guarantee of success.
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