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 insur