A colliery manager feared for the safety of the colliery due to the threat of striking miners. The superintendent offered to deploy what he thought was an adequate force, but the owner wanted more and therefore offered to pay for the billeting of a larger force at the colliery, which the police accepted and did. HL found that this was a valid contract.
Majority draw a distinction between the adequate protection that the police offer to everyone and “special protection that some people demand and say that it is wrong to say that the Police’s ordinary duties would be inhibited if they also provide special services for payment. Therefore it’s not against public policy that that the police should provide special services, provided they have enough officers to effect their other duties.