Police woman drops action against garage

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PC Kelly Jones, who threatened to sue a Thetford petrol station owner after tripping on a kerb, has dropped her case.

The Police Federation said: “Contrary to media reports at the time PC Jones was not seeking a vast compensation payment, rather she was seeking monies that covered the income she had lost as a result of her injury. She will bear the financial loss with a hope that the wider concerns the public might have can be resolved by government and the police service for the future.”

It said officers who lost income as a result of work related injury had no alternative but to seek financial redress like any other employee.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “We acknowledge that individuals, police officers included, have the right to seek compensation for loss of earnings as a result of a work-related injury. The Constabulary has no direct influence over such litigation brought privately by a member of our staff, however, we do believe the right decision has now been made in this case to withdraw this particular claim.

“We recognise the public debate that has been generated by this matter, but would not wish this to detract from the overwhelming hard work and genuine commitment of our officers and staff on behalf of the people of Norfolk.”