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Gibson v Orr [1999]

Facts

  • Police placed cones on one side of a collapsed bridge to prevent motorists driving off it
  • A motorist drove off the bridge from the other (non-coned) side

Issue

  • Could there be liability for the police

Decision

  • Claim allowed

Reasoning

  • The police had assumed responsibility for the task of protecting motorists from the bridge, therefore they were responsible for ensuring safety on both sides
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