On the side of angels

12 Sep 2017

It was 11pm on 15 August 2005 when, having just finished his first day as a trainee solicitor, a bruised and bloodied Andrew Gray found himself running barefoot down a Manchester street. He was, unbeknownst to him at the time, fleeing from an off-duty police officer who had mistaken the young lawyer for an armed robber. While the officer had shouted, “You’re under arrest!”, he had not, according to Gray, produced any identification and the aspiring solicitor feared he was about to become the victim of a kidnapping.

A scuffle soon ensued, with Gray, an inexperienced brawler, losing his shoes, wallet, and phone in the melee. Managing to escape the clut...

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