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John Lewis Ltd v Tims [1952]

Facts

  • Tims was caught shoplifting by a John Lewis store’s security guard and was lawfully arrested by the security guard in the capacity of a citizen
  • The store’s manager took an hour to decide what to do with Tims, before calling the police

Issue

  • Had Tims been falsely imprisoned by the store?

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • When an arrest is made by the citizen, that citizen is allowed a reasonable period of time in which to decide how to proceed
  • 1 hour was reasonable
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