Customs faces £50m claim
Cross-channel operator Hoverspeed has filed a claim of £50m for damages against Customs & Excise.
Hoverspeed has accused Custom & Excise staff of being ‘heavy-handed’ in its searching of cross-Channel passengers.
The £50m covers loss of revenue and passenger goodwill, claimed Hoverspeed.
It is the latest development in a long-running dispute between the two sides.
In 2002 the High Court ruled that random stop and searches carried out on Hoverspeed passengers were unlawful.