A WOMAN who was alone in bed when a police force launched an early-morning raid on the wrong home has been given compensation.

Officers from Cleveland Police, who had a search warrant for the address, forced their way into the front and back of her house at 6am in July 2021 and demanded to speak to her husband.

However, it turned out the police were looking for a different person with the same name, who lived 10 miles away. 

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Solicitors acting for the woman said she had been left “stressed and humiliated” by the incident. 

Cleveland Police did not admit wrongdoing but has agreed to pay £2,500 in compensation.

A spokesperson for the force apologised and said lessons had been learnt.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, told officers her husband was at work, but police said this did not match their intelligence as they were under the impression he started after 7am.

Upset by the intrusion and questioning, it caused the woman to suffer an asthma attack.

After showing officers her marriage certificate and photographs of her husband, it became apparent this was not the man they were looking for.

It was eventually established that her husband’s details had been added to the profile of a completely different person by the same name who lived 10 miles away.

Officers apologised to the woman when leaving the property, however she felt this was not sincere. 

Hudgell Solicitors, who represented the woman, believed it was an unlawful search which caused the couple a great deal of upset and supported the woman in taking civil action against Cleveland Police. 

The force did not admit any wrongdoing but agreed to pay £2,500 by way of compensation for the stress and inconvenience caused. 

Alexandra Eldon of Hudgell Solicitors, said the mistakes made by the force were entirely preventable had proper checks been made.  

She said: “This was obviously a very troubling experience for an entirely innocent family. Our client not only experienced severe shock and anxiety when the police launched this early morning raid, but she and her husband now live with the unsettling and frightening after-effects.

“This was a planned police operation, but officers went to the wrong house looking for the wrong man. This was never about the compensation; we supported our client in taking civil action to hold the force to account for its unfair and illegal treatment. My client has had a real feeling of frustration, disappointment and anger for what she and her husband have experienced.

 “We handle many actions against the police, whether you have been wrongfully arrested and detained we’ll challenge those responsible and seek a favourable settlement for the psychological trauma you have suffered.”

A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: “We understand that this shouldn’t have happened and are sorry for the impact on those in the home at the time.

"Situations like this are uncommon, however we have ensured that we learn lessons from where we went wrong in this case.”