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Police officer ‘sues crime victim’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on March 31, 2013 in Warren Fyfe Site

A police officer is suing a petrol station owner after apparently tripping on a kerb on his property when called to reports of a break-in.

PC Kelly Jones was called to Harvest filling station in Thetford, Norfolk, last summer.

She was not available for comment but claims she fell and injured her leg.

Norfolk Police said the force was “wholly unaware of this litigation”, which it said appears to be “instigated privately” by the officer.

A spokesman added: “We have a duty of care to any officer injured whilst on duty, to support their continued health and well-being and fitness to return to work.

“Officers can, in addition, receive further support from their staff association, as well as pursuing private treatment.”

Paul Ridgway, chairman of the Norfolk Police Federation, said it had been made aware of the incident soon after it happened in August.

He said regardless of the federation’s view on any member’s claim, a claim is forwarded to a solicitor to see whether there is any merit in it.

He added: “All members of the public, regardless of what profession, can claim litigation against people and against private firms – that’s why everyone has insurance.

“It’s not common, I appreciate that, but the claim has come in and we’ve honoured the officer’s wishes by putting it through to the solicitor.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-21987343#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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