The police owed a participating informant a duty to take reasonable care for his safety. To show a breach of that duty it was not necessary to prove that there was any direct threat; it was sufficient that the informant had been forced to adopt a lifestyle that would not otherwise have been necessary had the police done what they reasonably should have done. Here, the police had satisfactorily discharged their duty to the claimant.

QBD (Leveson J)

14/09/2001

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