A comedian and political activist has been awarded GBP 1,200 in compensation after police illegally stopped and searched him.
Mark Thomas made the compensation claim following being accosted by two Metropolitan Police officers after a demonstration in September 2007.
Mr Thomas was heading home from London’s Docklands, where he had been giving a speech against the arms trade, when police demanded to see inside his wallet and shoulder bag.
One of the officers claimed that Mr Thomas had been singled out for his "over-confident attitude".
"If over-confidence is a reason for a stop and search, Jonathan Ross should never leave his house," the comedian told the Guardian.
A much higher sum of money was won through a compensation claim recently, after a court heard how a Michelin Tyre employee was suffering from a myriad of illnesses having worked around asbestos dust for over a decade.
The Sentinel reported that Roy Ibbs, who was too ill to attend the London High Court to give evidence, was awarded GBP 23,300.
Posted by Verity Taylor