Pc corrects her father: damages claim WILL go ahead after trip at suspected break-in garage

 

A police officer is going ahead with legal action against a petrol station owner after she tripped on a kerb while attending a suspected break-in, despite her father saying she planned to drop it.

A spokesman for the Police Federation, which is funding Pc Kelly Jones' legal costs, insisted she plans to continue the claim against the owner of Nuns' Bridges Filling Station in Thetford, Norfolk, even though her father, Danny Harle, said she is to drop it after being upset at the strong reaction it has prompted.

Mr Harle, 58, told the Daily Mirror she felt she had been “persecuted”.

He added: “All she did was follow standard police procedure. There was never any mention of figures. She was expecting a couple of grand, not £500,000.

“Kelly wants to drop the claim to prove she's not a money-grabber, not because she feels she's done anything wrong.”

Lawyers claim garage owner Steve Jones, 50, was at fault for failing to ensure the police officer was “reasonably safe”, making no attempt to light the area or warn her about the step when she went to the incident in August last year.

Yesterday Chief Constable Phil Gormley spoke of his “disappointment” over the matter.

Mr Gormley said: “This type of claim does not represent the approach and attitude of the overwhelming majority of our staff who understand and accept the risks inherent in policing and which they willingly confront to keep the public they serve safe.

“It is a disappointment that this is potentially undermined by a private compensation claim.”

A Norfolk Constabulary spokesman said yesterday: “This legal action is not supported by the Constabulary, our understanding being that the action is funded and supported by the Police Federation, a position over which the Constabulary has no control.”

Mr Jones and the officer were checking the outside of the building after an alarm had gone off, when she is alleged to have fallen and injured herself.

The letter from law fim Pattinson Brewer, seven months after the incident, claims Pc Jones went towards a gap in the fencing to access the rear of the premises but was unaware there was a section of high kerbing and tripped and fell.

The officer injured her left leg and right wrist and went to the West Suffolk Hospital, the letter added.

Mr Jones said: “At first I was anxious and worried. I really could not see how this sort of thing could have happened.

“You call the police and expect them to be on your side. I'm sure they are normally but not in this case.”

The letter also alleges that the business failed to display any warning signs or carry out a risk assessment.

PA

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders