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O’Loughlin v Chief Constable of Essex [1998]

Facts

  • Following a report from a neighbour that Mrs O’Loughlin had committed an offence in damaging the neighbour’s car, the police arrived
  • The police forcibly entered the house to arrest Mrs O’Loughlin

Issue

  • Were the officers allowed to enter forcibly

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • They must explain their reasons for entry first

 

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