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Norfolk police officer in 'second damages claim'

A police officer who is suing a petrol station owner in Thetford after she tripped on a kerb answering a 999 call is also making a claim against Norfok Police, it's been reported

PC Kelly Jones is taking action against Norfolk Police in relation to a patrol car crash, the Daily Mail reported.

She is understood to have been a passenger in a patrol car which skidded off the road and ended up on its side during a high-speed pursuit of a suspicious vehicle near the village of Garboldisham on January 30, 2012.

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

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

DCC Simon Bailey, from Norfolk Police, said "As previously stated, Norfolk Constabulary has no involvement in or control over private legal proceedings brought by police officers against third parties.

"We recognise and understand this particular case has generated a great deal of public concern and we ourselves 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. The vast majority of officers are proud of what they do and would never consider making a compensation claim against a victim of crime.

"It is important to us that this issue does not detract from the overwhelming and on-going hard work and commitment to public protection by police officers both here in Norfolk and elsewhere across the country."

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