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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 July, 2004, 13:18 GMT 14:18 UK
Protest appeal 'costing 100,000'
Tens of thousands of pounds of public money has been spent in an appeal case against a 10-year-old animal rights protester arrested for throwing stones.

Lawyers for Daniel Taylor, from Merseyside, argued last year he was wrongfully arrested, during a protest in 1998, and falsely imprisoned.

However, on Tuesday the Court of Appeal reduced the 1,500 compensation he was awarded after the case, to 200.

The money will be used to cover legal costs, which could reach 100,000.

Caught on video

Because Daniel was publicly funded, lawyer's bills will have to be met by Thames Valley Police and the Legal Services Commission (LGS), formerly the Legal Aid Board.

Daniel was originally detained by police during an anti-vivisection protest involving large numbers of demonstrators at Hillgrove Farm, Whitney, Oxfordshire, on 31 May 1998.

He was one of 28 arrested after being caught on video throwing a rock or rocks at the farmhouse during an earlier violent demonstration involving up to 1,000 demonstrators.

He was taken to Newbury police station and held for nearly seven hours before being released after getting a formal caution, Lord Justice Clarke told the court.

Lawful arrest

His compensation case was heard at Reading County Court in December last year, where lawyers said Daniel had been unlawfully arrested and subjected to trespass to the person, assault and false imprisonment.

After Daniel, now a teenager, of Green Heys Road, Liverpool, won the case, he was awarded 1,500 in damages.

However, Lord Justice Clarke, sitting with the Vice-Chancellor, Sir Andrew Morritt, and Lord Justice Sedley, overturned the court ruling he had been unlawfully arrested, cutting his damages to just 200.

The judge ruled all police had done wrong was to hold Daniel in custody for about one hour too long.

After the court's ruling, Lord Justice Sedley said: "Whatever amount is awarded, Mr Taylor is not going to see a penny of it. It will be swallowed up in someone's legal costs".




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