Sherratt (for and on behalf of the members of the family of the late Beevers) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police

Negligence – Duty to take care. The recorder had not been wrong in deciding that, by the time a 999 call made by the deceased's mother to police had concluded, a duty of care had been owed by the appellant Chief Constable to the deceased, who had taken her own life. The Queen's Bench Division, in dismissing the Chief Constable's appeal, rejected his contentions that the recorder had erred in finding assurance and reliance, marginalising the Hedley Byrne principles or finding there had been no relationship of conflict between the deceased's autonomy to choose to self-harm and any duty to prevent such conduct.

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