Willesden man accused of kidnapping links demands compensation after bungled police raid

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 October 2018

Dwayne Ellington, whose  home was raided by police, believing him to be a kidnapper. Picture: Jonathan Goldberg

Dwayne Ellington, whose home was raided by police, believing him to be a kidnapper. Picture: Jonathan Goldberg

Jonathan Goldberg

“Sorry isn’t good enough. An apology doesn’t help me.”

This is Dwayne Ellington’s angry reaction after his home in Willesden was wrongly raided by police believing him to be a kidnapper, or involved in the handling of property connected to a kidnapping.

The 41-year-old Harrods worker said he still finds it hard to “calm down” after five officers burst into his studio flat in Ellerslie Gardens on October 22 just after 12.30pm.

He is now demanding compensation after they smashed his front door down and left him traumatised after accusing him of being involved in a crime.

Mr Ellington told the Brent & Kilburn Times: “Five officers burst through the door holding truncheons and said they were looking for a kidnapper.

“A woman asked me if I had any connection to the kidnapper they were looking for.

“I told her I work for Harrods and I know nothing about any kidnapper but she accused me of talking over her.

“They went through all my things, all my personal things, dropping them all over the place. I don’t trouble anybody, I don’t interfere with anybody.

“I can’t calm down, I’m really angry.”

He has been paying the mortgage on his newly bought flat and saving his hard-earned wages to decorate his bathroom and kitchen and says the raid ruined his cherished day off work.

“I want to take it further, I don’t want to leave this matter alone, he added.

“They broke down the door and won’t do anything about it.

“I can’t use my key, my flat is not secure. Anybody can kick the door down, it’s not safe at all.

“I want compensation, big compensation, not a small one. To be accused of kidnapping, going through my property, all my letters, all my clothing, only after that they believed me.”

A police spokesperson confirmed police officers were “looking for property connected to an on-going kidnap investigation.”

He added: “Officers forced entry to the property and carried out a search of the address with no relevant property being seized.

“The door was made safe before officers left the scene.

“Officers explained the necessity for executing the warrant to the occupant and apologised for the inconvenience caused.”

He added: “He should have contact information to speak to police about anything further.”

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