0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

Regina v Sanghera

27 October 2000
The issues

Police – are they justified without occupiers consent – searching premises of robbery victim.

The facts

Appellant was the victim of an armed robbery. He was a Postmaster. He handed his keys to the Post Office to the Police.

Two days after his complaint a Police search authorisation was completed. The words “searched with consent” were ticked. It as unsigned and consent was not in fact obtained. In the process of the search the Police discovered a large amount of cash in a box above the safe. Subsequently, the Claimant was surveyed following application to the Chief Constable. The Appellant was subsequently tried for theft. The Appellant argued that evidence of what had been found should not be given because it had been unlawfully obtained since the search had been conducted in Code B.

The Crown contended that because the Code did not apply to routine search of crime searches the Appellant’s argument had no substance because the Post Office was a scene of crime. Secondly, the Crown argued that the Code was designed to protect those under suspicion and not victims.

The decision

i) Although the searched commenced as a routine scene of crime search it was a routine scene of crime search by the time the money was detected. The exception in the Code was not intended to cover such circumstances.

ii) The Code should be regarded as applying generally to the search of premises and occupier is not deprived of protection because he was a victim rather than a suspect.

focus on...

Legal updates

Contingent loss in negligence claims

Contingent loss is relevant to limitation; specifically, the date at which a claimant’s cause of action accrues for the purposes of a claim in the tort of negligence (as many claims against professional advisers are framed).


Legal updates

Legal and regulatory monthly update - September 2019

The latest update covering delegated authority, insurance product development, the senior insurance managers regime, data protection, operational control frameworks, Lloyds market, and horizon scanning.


Legal updates

Kuoni referred to the CJEU by Supreme Court for clarification - possible impact on breach of contract, vicarious liability and assumption of responsibility claims for sexual abuse and assault

We were hoping to be able to give you some interesting insights following the judgment of X v Kuoni Travel Ltd but that will have to wait for another day.


Legal updates

The disappearance of LIBOR

Companies should undertake a comprehensive review and audit to identify those products and legacy contracts that are LIBOR-linked and carry out an in-depth risk assessment of discontinuation. Where possible, companies should look at appointing an individual to oversee the programme.


The content on this page is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.

mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up