Rigby v Chief Constable of Northamptonshire  1 WLR 1242 Queen’s Bench Division
Taylor J: On 17 December 1977, the Sportsman’s Lodge, a gunsmiths shop in Northampton owned by the first plaintiff, Michael Rigby, was burned out. The cause of the fire was most unusual. A young psychopath had broken into the premises and armed himself. The police laid siege to the shop. Eventually they fired in a canister of CS gas to smoke out the intruder. The canister set the shop ablaze. The first plaintiff now sues the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire for damages for loss and damage to the premises and contents. The second plaintiff makes a small claim for damage to his guns which were in the first plaintiff’s custody in the shop.