West Yorkshire Police in £70k payout over supergrass tainted evidence

Karl Chapman and Gary Ford

Karl Chapman and Gary Ford

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WEST Yorkshire Police have paid nearly £70,000 in damages after a man was wrongly imprisoned on corrupted evidence officers procured from a supergrass.

The payment, made to the estate of Gary Ford, was likely to have been significantly higher had he not died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in June 2014 while the compensation claim was ongoing. As a result, part of the claim became ineligible though it is understood the force still had to pay a hefty legal bill.

The case centred around a catalogue of police misconduct when officers cosseted supergrass Karl Chapman, while in custody, to secure his testimony and subsequently convictions against criminal associates. The improper inducements included