Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hell of Airport Dad Locked Up after 'Driving Too Slowly' ; Mechanic Thrown in a Cell after Police Bust-upHe Wins Four-Year Wrongful Arrest Battle

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hell of Airport Dad Locked Up after 'Driving Too Slowly' ; Mechanic Thrown in a Cell after Police Bust-upHe Wins Four-Year Wrongful Arrest Battle

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ADAD-OF-THREE who was assaulted and wrongly locked up by police after being stopped for 'driving too slowly' outside Manchester Airport has won a four-year legal battle.

Andrew Sinclair, 47, suffered broken fingers and was thrown into a cell at Cheadle Heath Police Station after being pulled over as he drove away from Terminal 2 in March 2009.

Officers later claimed he had been arrested for a breach of the peace. But a jury at Manchester County Court ruled there had been no justification for detaining him.

Mr Sinclair, from Heaton Mersey, Stockport, was initially pulled over for driving too slowly - as he waited for his partner Michelle Saddoo, 40, to catch up in a following car as he collected his son from the airport.

As Mr Sinclair explained the situation to the motorcycle officer, police from a nearby Tactical Aid Unit - which had been called to manage an immigration protest at the airport - became involved in the dispute.

The mechanic was pushed to the ground by around half-adozen officers and was arrested in front of his partner and their young children before being hauled into a cell at the station.

Around three hours later Mr Sinclair was released without being questioned or charged - triggering a four-year legal fight for answers.

He said: "As soon as the TAU officers came over they seemed to have adopted an aggressive, bullying attitude and started searching the car and pushing me around before they threw me to the floor.

"They never explained to me that I'd been arrested and they just locked me up, then a few hours later they released me without any explanation. I knew what had happened wasn't right and that night I decided I was going to fight it.

"I'm just a normal person and for four years this has always been at the back of my mind and caused me a lot of stress but it was something I didn't want to just let go, because they abused their power and like anyone else the police need to be held to account."

Mr Sinclair was collecting his son, Reis, and the 23-year-old's Honda Civic car as he was unable to drive himself home after suffering a broken wrist and collarbone and head injuries in a motoring accident while on holiday in Dubai. …

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