*Laporte and another v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Police – Discipline. Following a local authority meeting in which a protest got out of hand, two claimants who had been arrested brought an action seeking damages against the defendant police for assault and battery, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution and a declaration that he had violated their rights under arts 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Queen's Bench Division upheld the defendant's actions on the basis of the common law duty that a local authority had to decide, as a matter of unfettered discretion, who could and who could not attend its meetings.

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