Man arrested for using £ 100 coin to pay for fuel is awarded £ 5,000 in damages by police – .

Man arrested for using £ 100 coin to pay for fuel is awarded £ 5,000 in damages by police – .

A man who was arrested for using a £ 100 commemorative coin to pay for fuel in a Tesco Extra has been awarded £ 5,000 in damages by police.

Brett Chamberlain, 54, who works as a carpenter, filled his car with £ 60 of diesel in a Tesco Extra in Exeter in July last year and was turned down by staff, who did not accept his payment.

He used a £ 100 special edition Trafalgar Square coin in 2016, which had only been minted at 45,000, to pay for his fuel and is legal tender under the Currency Act 1971.

The father of four, who lives in Tiverton, Devon, was arrested on suspicion of “running away without payment” after the headmaster called the authorities.

He was then questioned by police at the Exeter Police Station for four hours.

Brett Chamberlain, 54, (pictured) attempted to pay £ 60 worth of diesel at a Tesco Extra in Exeter using a £ 100 coin in July last year

He used a special edition of Trafalgar Square which is legal tender under a 1971 statute and initiated legal action. He then received £ 5,000 compensation from the police

Mr Chamberlain, who collects coins, was released under investigation and sent a letter from Devon and Cornwall Police saying he would not be charged.

“They wanted to sue me for using royal coins. You couldn’t make it up.

“I always use the parts to buy my fuel. Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury’s took them but Tesco is still tough, ”he told The Sun.

Mr Chamberlain took legal action “after not receiving an adequate apology or assurance that the incident would be removed from the police national computer.”

He has now received a notice of compensation for £ 5,000.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We have taken steps to recognize and rectify the issues raised. ”

In the UK, a person cannot be sued for a debt if they have attempted to pay as legal tender.

In England and Wales the £ 5, £ 10, £ 20 and £ 50 banknotes are all legal tender for payment of any amount. This is not the case in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

But Royal Mint coins, regardless of their amount, are legal tender throughout the UK, meaning a court would consider them an acceptable form of payment, although a shop is not obliged to accept them.

By law, a store is also not required to accept payment in 1 or 2 ps for anything over the 20 percent value.


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