Hill v West Yorkshire Police [1989]

Facts

  •  The final victim of the Yorkshire ripper told the police that she suspected she would be killed, before it happened
  • The police failed to protect her

Issue

  •  Could her estate claim damages

Decision

  •  No duty

Reasoning

  •  The police had no duty to prevent crime, and could not protect every single woman in West Yorkshire at once
  • Police should be allowed to make their own decisions
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