Damages case clears insurance policy uncertainty

In 2002, Bedfordshire Police Authority received an insurance claim from the owners of Yarl Wood Detention Centre, Bedfordshire, following a riot where significant damage, theft and destruction of property was caused. Under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886, liability for loss and/or destruction of property lies with the police authority.

Insurers refused to indemnify Bedfordshire Police Authority for such losses, maintaining that such claims were not covered under the excess public liability

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