Monday, 1 April 2013
A 'Not An April Fool' Story
You could be forgiven if you thought the following story was an April Fool, but sadly you'd be wrong.
WPC Kelly Jones (pictured above on Saturday) is suing burglary victim Steve Jones (no relation) after she tripped on a 6 inch kerb at his garage. Her demand is £50,000 and her claim, made through a 'no win no fee' law firm, is underwritten by the Police Federation of England and Wales.
If this action is successful, everyone who calls the police in future could face being sued for damages unless they can prove they have carried out a risk assessment and taken elaborate precautions to warn officers of the potential hazards on their premises.
Why is the Police Federation backing this ridiculous claim? Seemingly it's because it takes great pride in having won more than £42 million (mainly taxpayers' money) in compensation for police officers in just the past two years.
The police are experts at using the compensation culture. They seem to spend much of their time suing each other and their employers.
WPC Jones is an especially appalling example of a breed of so-called public servant and doesn't deserve to wear the uniform of the police service.