Sony’s insurers have won up to £60million for damages caused by the DADC Enfield warehouse fire in 2011.
The fire was started by rioters and burned for ten days destroying more than 3.25 million CDs, vinyl releases and rare boxed sets. A High Court fight between the Met Police and insurers over who should cover the lost costs has ensued since.
Legislation governing the police says compensation for ‘damage by riot’ should be paid out of police funds. Lawyers representing the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, whose office funds the Met, disagreed, arguing the incident ‘did not constitute a riotous and tumultuous assembly’.
However, the case has now been closed as a judge ruled the damage came down in favour of the insurers – who claimed the losses arose out of damage caused by ‘persons riotously and tumultuous assembled’.