Defoe strikes back at 'ban' police

Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has hired celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman, motoring's 'Mr Loophole', to sue Essex police over his arrest on suspicion of driving while disqualified.

Although Defoe, 26, had earlier been banned for speeding, the disqualification was suspended pending an appeal.

But the Spurs and England star was nevertheless held for several hours at a police station in Harlow, Essex, last month.

Says Mr Freeman: "The claim arises out of Mr Defoe's wrongful arrest for driving while disqualified last month.

"At the time, the police were advised by Mr Defoe, and on no less than five occasions by my office, that he was not disqualified and that his detention was unlawful.

"Notwithstanding this, he remained incarcerated in a police cell for approximately five hours until Chelmsford Magistrates' Court confirmed our assertion that he was not disqualified.

"This claim is about principle and not about money. Any damages my client is awarded will be donated to charity."

An Essex Police spokesman said: "We've formally apologised, acknowledging our mistake, which was due to an inputting error."

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