01 July 2009
Woman awarded £12k after successfully claiming libel
A woman has been successful in her bid to secure damages after a court ruled she had been the victim of libel.
Jane Clift was awarded a total of £12,000 from Slough borough council.
The 42-year-old had been added to a blacklist compiled by the local authority, which had issued a warning to its staff to only approach her in pairs following an incident which occurred in August 2005.
She had told a small boy to stop trampling on a flowerbed when she was confronted by an abusive drunk.
During a recent trial, Ms Clift said that her life in Slough became unbearable because of the stigma of being on the blacklist.
She said she felt forced to move away from the area after her name was distributed to numerous health and government agencies.
A spokesperson for the council, which is headquartered on the High Street in Slough, said: "The jury found that what we recorded about Ms Clift was not true, but they were not prepared to find that we acted in bad faith."