16. Public services implementing statutory duties.

Where a public body has acted in a negligent manner when implementing its statutory duties or decisions taken under its statutory powers, it may owe a duty of care based on the normal principles of foreseeability, proximity and justice and reasonableness1. In some situations a duty may be denied on the grounds of lack of proximity or unreasonableness. Thus it has been held that the police do not owe a duty to the public in relation to the manner in which they carry out their duty to investigate crime2, or maintain public order3 and highway safety4. The police will,