Damages claim PC is suing her own force

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A POLICE officer criticised for taking legal action against a petrol station owner after she tripped on a kerb answering a 999 call is also making a claim against her own force, it was reported last night.

PC Kelly Jones is understood to be taking action against Norfolk Police in relation to a patrol car crash.

She is understood to have been a passenger in a patrol car that skidded off the road and ended up on its side during a high-speed chase on January 30, 2012.

The officer is already pursuing a claim against Steve Jones, the owner of Nuns’ Bridges Filling Station, in Thetford, for failing to ensure she was “reasonably safe” when she attended a suspected break-in last August, seven months after the crash.

Norfolk Police last night said it could not comment.

A spokesman for Pattinson Brewer, the law firm representing her, confirmed she had suffered a knee injury in a crash while on duty and that “liability for that incident was admitted by Norfolk Police Constabulary”.

Deputy Chief Constable Simon Bailey said yesterday the vast majority of officers “would never consider making a compensation claim against a victim of crime”.

In a statement, he said: “We recognise and understand this particular case has generated a great deal of public concern, and we have received a large amount of correspondence.

“It is clear that the incident has started a broader debate about the ‘compensation culture’ which exists in all walks of life.”