Litigation Writs 21/03/95

The niece of a man who died in March 1991 faces High Court action to make her repay over u49,000. David Thorp, personal representative of the late Robert Jones, has issued a writ against Mr Jones' niece, Joan Jones of Caernarfon, and Elizabeth Ellis of Bethel. Ms Jones became her uncle's attorney before his death on 15 March 1991, and obtained the passbook to his account at the Halifax Building Society in Bangor, according to the writ. It says that in 1991 she withdrew u11,000 of which it is claimed she retained u10,000, at Mr Jones' direction. Her power of attorney was revoked after Mr Jones' death, but the writ claims that despite the revocation she made further withdrawals of money.

Writ issued by Wilde Sapte, London EC4. CH729

A retired bank manager who was seriously injured by two galloping racehorses on Epsom Downs is suing for compensation. Patricia Ryan's writ says she was taking her dog for a walk on the downs in February 1992 when she walked onto a training gallop and was hit by one or two horses galloping at full speed. Ryan, 64, says she was thrown into the air and fell violently to the ground. She suffered head injuries, double vision, multiple rib fractures, a fractured collar bone, a collapsed lung, fractured vertebrae and other injuries. The writ says that before the accident she had at least good average intelligence, but now functions at an average-to-low level and suffers from depression, lack of co-ordination and memory loss.

Writ issued by Camerons, London WC1, agents for Costertons of London SW1.

Rachel Long of St Albans is suing Hertfordshire's Chief Constable over her arrest by police in December 1993. The writ says her home was searched and that she was arrested for alleged attempted deception and taken to St Albans Police Station where it is claimed she was unlawfully detained for three hours 17 minutes. She was released on bail but claims that when she returned to the police station on 20 January last year she was again arrested and detained for two hours five minutes, also she claims, without reasonable cause. She seeks damages for arrest without reasonable or probable cause and in respect of distress and injury to her feelings which she claims she suffered along with the loss of her liberty.

Writ issued by Turner & Debenhams, St Albans. L176