*Davies (By her mother and litigation friend Zelda Davies) v Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (Just for Kids Law and another intervening)

Police – Powers. The claimant teenager had been arrested and taken to a police station. An assessment was made that she might use her clothes as a ligature to attempt suicide, so they were removed by three female police officers. Her claim for damages was dismissed by the county court. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, held that while she had been strip searched, within the meaning of s 54(6A) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and para 4.1 of Code C and para 9 of Annex A of Code C of the PACE Codes of Practice, there had been no breach of para 11 of Annex A. While the recorder had not directly applied para 11, he had made a finding that established that there had been compliance with the spirit of that requirement.

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