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A married couple are suing North Wales Police for wrongful arrest.

Richie Windmill is seeking damages from the force for trespassing, assault, false imprisonment and a breach of their human rights.
The couple, of Fairways, Llandudno, were arrested by North Wales Police officers on October 7 last year on suspicion of embarrassment.

After being processed at St Asaph police station, both were interviewed and granted police bail and no further action was taken.

Mr Windmill, 52, and Mrs Windmill, 35, claim the arrest was linked to the now defunct poison pen blog Thoughts of Oscar, and the Clwyd West MP David Jones.

The blog –  written by David Jones MP and former Llandudno newsagent Nigel Roberts – was the subject of six recorded complaints to the police.

Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb complained to NWP about the blog in 2014, and those who were targeted set up a “Victims of Oscar” support group of which Mr and Mrs Windmill were founding members.

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Tory MP Mr Bebb had described how the site “harassed, abused, libelled and generally targeted a series of individuals, businesses, council officials and local councillors”.

Following a criminal investigation into the blog, an investigation headed by DS John Hanson, an investigation that investigating officers never interview either of the prime suspects, North Wales Police announced in 2015 that they would not take any futher action against Nigel Roberts or David Jones.

The Windmills claim the arrest on October 7 was linked to their complaints about the blog.

In letters sent to NWP HQ at Colwyn Bay and seen by the Daily Post, Mr and Mrs Windmill say they were arrested and had property seized, including legally privileged information.

 

Mr Windmill alleges there were no reasonable grounds for his arrest and the matter could have been dealt with “on a voluntary basis”.

A North Wales Police spokesman said: “Owing to the matter being subject of an ongoing complaint, it would be inappropriate to add anything at this time.”

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