The Met Police has been ordered to pay millions in compensation after a warehouse was torched and left to burn for ten days after the riots in London.
Smoke rises from a burning Sony distribution centre, set alight by rioters, in Enfield, north London, Tuesday Aug. 9 2011.
The Sony distribution centre in north London was attacked in the summer of 2011 by a gang of more than 20 armed youths, with reports of up to three million CDs being destroyed in the raid.
A judge at the High Court disagreed with the forceâ€™s claim that the damage was not caused as part of the riots and they were therefore not liable to pay compensation under the 1886 Riot Damages Act.
Mitsui Sumitomo, insurers for Sony, and Royal and Sun Alliance, insurers for the owners of the warehouse, took the Mayorâ€™s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to the High Court, claiming Â£49.5 million and Â£9.35 million respectively. MOPAC oversees the Met Police.
Lawyers for MOPAC argued the attack had not involved a confrontation with police and had instead been part of a â€œplanned criminal enterprise.â€ They said this meant the legislation, which states police are liable for damages caused during riots, did not apply.
But Mr Justice Flaux said the destruction of the warehouse and its contents had been caused by people â€œriotously and tumultuously assembled together.â€
He said while the raid was planned it was not a systematic burglary, but ruled out claims for â€˜consequential losses.â€™
Met to pay millions in compensation
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