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Norfolk Police 'assessing possible munitions on aircraft'

Norfolk Police has said that an "assessment is still being carried out around the munitions which may be on the aircraft". A statement said:

It is not believed that anyone in the surrounding area has been injured. However, there remains a 400m cordon around the site, which is standard for this type of incident, whether civil or military.

An assessment is still being carried out around the munitions which may be on the aircraft and advice from the military is being taken.

All emergency services are at the scene while investigations continue. To ensure their safety, members of the public are asked to respect the cordons that are in place as enquiries are ongoing.

– Norfolk Police statement

PC who tripped on kerb withdraws damages claim

A policewoman who planned to sue the owner of a petrol station after tripping on a kerb while investigating a break-in has dropped her claim for damages.

The Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, say PC Kelly Jones had withdrawn her civil claim.

Garage owner Steve Jones was threatened with legal action after a police officer tripped on a kerb. Credit: ITV Anglia

In a statement, the 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.

"This case raised a very real issue in that police officers find themselves financially disadvantaged when injured at work, with no other option other than to seek financial redress just as any other employee in any other industry would in the same circumstances."


Police criticised over 'missing' injured driver

Police officers have been criticised after a man injured in a car crash went undiscovered - lying in a ditch.

A member of the public found the man several hours after the crash on the A47 near Wisbech in July last year.

Following an investigation, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, concluded officers from Norfolk Police could have conducted a more thorough search.

The man's damaged car was reported to police who attended the scene but after identifying the car's owner and searching the area, the officers left, leaving a 'police aware' sticker on the vehicle.

The man was to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn with life threatening injuries. He survived but is still recovering from his injuries.

Norfolk Police has apologised and "management action" has been taken against the officers involved.

May to call for police compensation claims review

Home Secretary Theresa May will today order Home Officials to look into the the extent of compensation claims made by police officers.

It follows a series of stories in the newspapers about police officers suing individuals for accidents which occurred in the course of duty.

Home Secretary Theresa May Credit: Suzanne Plunkett/PA Wire

Yesterday, the Sunday Times (£) reported that in the last 4 years more than 8,000 officers have successfully claimed compensation worth almost £70 million.

The figures appeared after a row prompted by WPC Kelly Jones of Norfolk Police, who is suing a garage owner after she fell on a curb while investigating a break in at his premises.


Police Federation: 'To vilify this female officer is wrong'

The Police Federation has defended PC Kelly Jones in her law suit after she tripped on a curb while responding to a potential burglary.

Let me be clear - to vilify this female officer is wrong.

She took legal advice as to how she could claim back some of her lost earnings as a result of the injury, and at this stage no formal proceedings have taken place.

She has been supported by my own organisation, the Police Federation, who have agreed to fund her on a conditional fee basis should the matter progress.

While PC Jones may be an easy target as she is one individual within a media storm, for me it is the Police Federation that needs to be mindful of the widespread public and member perception that has arisen out of this claim, and address that where relevant in our advice going forward.

– Steve Williams, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales

Report: Police officer drops claim against burglary victim

The newspaper quotes her father as saying that she feels "unfairly persecuted" after news of her claim was reported in the press, adding that she was only following "standard police procedure".

Pc Kelly Jones from Norfolk was criticised by the Chief Constable of her force, who described the claim as "disappointing".

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