Litigation Writs 06/06/95

Norfolk sweet manufacturers Sultans has launched a damages claim after a batch of Turkish delight was turned into a Turkish disaster by a fire. Sultans of Burrell Way, Thetford, Norfolk, is suing JJ and JA Humphry who trade as Cross Country Carriers of Elm Drive, Hessett, Bury St Edmunds for more than £750,000 compensation after losing massive stocks of Turkish delight in the blaze. The ruined Turkish delight, destined for major retailers, was stored at premises in Bury St Edmunds but was destroyed in the blaze which the writ claims was started by an intruder. It claims that two previous break-in attempts, the first when intruders tried to saw through a padlock and the second when a Portacabin door was forced, had been made at the store between 26 July and 9 August 1989. However, neither of the break-ins are said to have been reported to the police or to Sultans. Sultans accuses the Humphrys of breaching their duty to take reasonable care of the plant and stock, failing to guard against possible losses and failing to take reasonable care to prevent damage.

Writ issued by Herbert Smith of Primrose Street, London EC2. S781.

Debora Unsworth of Doncaster, whose live-in boy friend drowned in the sea while they were on holiday in Sri Lanka, is suing the company which arranged the holiday. In her writ against Cosmosair, Debora Unsworth blames the company for the death of 48-year-old sales manager, Richard Stagg who drowned on 21 July 1993 swimming in the sea off the Worruls Reef Hotel in Sri Lanka. The tragedy occurred 10 months before the couple were planning to marry. They had gone on the holiday to help Miss Unsworth recover from a road accident. The writ claims the holiday firm was negligent for failing to ensure that red warning flags were flown when the sea was dangerous, failing to institute a safe system of warning of the dangers of swimming in the sea, failing to give any warning of undercurrents and failing to provide life savers on the beach.

Writ issued by Bridge Sanderson Munro, Doncaster. U257.

Dyfed County Council is being sued by a former employee. Anthony Ratcliffe, of Tenby, Pembrokeshire claims he suffered a breakdown while working there in October 1992. He accuses the council of negligence and breach of duty.

Writ issued by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, London WC1. R583.

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