Editor's comment: David did not beat Goliath this time
PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 June 2018
It's hard to believe that the nightmare Alan Gowing has been living through for four years is worth just £6,000 compensation.
The scrap dealer from Upminster was wrongly arrested by British Transport Police, charged with 15 offences without any evidence – 14 charges were later dropped and
he was found not guilty of the 15th – and suffered such a serious injury while under arrest that he had to undergo surgery.
He has spent four years fighting for some recognition by BTP that they were wrong and some sort of recompense.
BTP offered a £20,000 payout but Alan says he had been told by a barrister he could get much more.
His mistake might have been not employing a proper legal representative.
While Gillian Temple has, no doubt, worked diligently on his behalf, neither of them have any legal expertise and taking BTP to the High Court was likely to need legal knowledge they just don’t have.
They say they will appeal against the judge’s ruling of £6,400 and I can’t help but think that this time they need the backing of legal counsel.
Alan’s harrowing experience deserves some decent compensation.
BTP raided his company without a valid warrant and in an area that was beyond their legal jurisdiction.
He has now lost his business and says the injuries he suffered are life-changing.
Unfortunately this time in the David and Goliath battle, David did not win.
On an altogether brighter note, I was delighted to see the residents of Harwood Avenue, Hornchurch, deciding to enter London in Bloom for the first time.
Not only will it make their street more colourful, it will bring the community together.
We should all take a leaf (did you see what I did there?) out of their book and plant up a hanging basket, trough or flower bed at the front of our homes to brighten up the neighbourhood.