Police chief hits out at Pc's legal bid after 'trip'

A police chief has spoken of his "disappointment" after one of his officers began legal action to seek damages from a petrol station owner after she reportedly tripped on a kerb while attending a suspected break-in.

Chief Constable Phil Gormley said the claim by Pc Kelly Jones did not represent the "approach and attitude of the overwhelming majority" of staff at Norfolk Constabulary.

Chief Constable Phil Gormley of Norfolk Constabulary. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ch Const 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."

Pc Jones' lawyers claim the property owner is at fault after she injured her leg and wrist when she was called to Nuns' Bridges Filling Station in Thetford, Norfolk, in August last year.