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Millionaire landlord Fergus Wilson to sue Kent Police for £1 million over 'wrongful arrest'

A property mogul is suing Kent Police for a million pounds after claiming he was wrongly arrested and put in a cell.

Fergus Wilson, 70, was held by officers in May 2014 after one of his tenants alleged he made advances towards her at the house she rented in Stagshaw Close, Maidstone.

She also later claimed he had demanded sexual favours from other tenants, though the landlord vehemently denied both allegations.

Fergus Wilson is taking Kent Police to court
Fergus Wilson is taking Kent Police to court

Mr Wilson, who has just started selling his portfolio of homes in Ashford and Maidstone, was put on bail for four months, but was then told no charges would be brought due to a lack of corroborating evidence.

He subsequently insisted he would sue the force, who kept him in custody for some 11 hours after the claims were made, and has now received a county court order revealing details of a trial on November 11.

As well as claiming for damages for wrongful arrest, the 70-year-old millionaire argues his detention cost him huge sums of money in business deals that could not be made.

He said: "Not only did they not have any kind of corroborating evidence, I told them I had some business calls to make that afternoon and that there was money at stake.

"Many of these policemen probably think they can take people off the street and that it doesn't matter who you are, but that won't do with me.

"You better have a good excuse or else you'll have to fork out a lot of money.

"Some days I don't make any money at all but some days it can be more than a million pounds.

"They'll probably try and give me a settlement for as little as possible, but I'm not short of money, I don't care if it goes to court or not."

A spokesperson for the force said: "Kent Police received a claim for compensation on April 29, 2018 from Mr Wilson.

"This matter is ongoing and therefore we are unable to make further comment at this time."

Our reporter Sean Axtell sat down with the property mogul for a chat about his life.

And in 2017 he offered to fight another KM reporter for £10,000.

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