HC Deb 21 January 1986 vol 90 cc175-6W
Mr. Norman Atkinson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis as to (a) the number of people from whom the police have taken possession of their shoes and clothing since the 6 October disturbances in Tottenham, (b) when it is intended to return these items to their owners and (c) if compensation for loss, dry cleaning and repairs will be paid.

Mr. Giles Shaw

In the course of their inquiries into the murder and other serious offences which occurred during the Tottenham riot on 6 October the Metropolitan police have seized clothing and footwear from 183 persons for forensic examination. Articles are being returned as soon as they are excluded from the inquiries and are being retained only when required as exhibits in criminal proceedings. The police are prepared to consider claims for compensation where property is lost or damaged as a result of police action.