Policeman sues Maidenhead Aquatics after falling into drain
A COP is suing a shop owner after allegedly falling in a manhole during a burglary call-out.
PC Richard Seymour spent weeks in plaster with a torn Achilles.
Now he is claiming for six months of lost overtime earnings. A letter from his lawyers also complains he missed out on special duties at the London 2012 Olympics.
But shop owner Stuart Lambley says he is baffled by the claim, expected to top £10,000.
He said: “I wouldn’t mind but the police never even caught the thieves. I had a safe stolen and thousands of pounds of damage to pay for and now I’m being sued by the cops. I’ll think twice before calling police out in future.”
A letter from London-based law firm Slater & Gordon claims Stuart’s business was to blame for exposing PC Seymour to a “foreseeable risk”.
But furious Stuart said: “I don’t know what this officer is on about. The whole claim is ridiculous.”
PC Seymour confirmed he is suing, saying: “I’m waiting to hear something back from the people dealing with it.”
Asked if his foot was better, he replied: “It’s getting there.”
The claim is the latest to be highlighted by The Sun’s Non-Sense Awards, and comes just days after a cop sparked outrage by suing a garage owner after she tripped on a kerb.
PC Kelly Jones, 33, was blasted by her own Chief Constable for claiming £50,000 for injuring her leg and wrist during a burglary call-out in Thetford, Norfolk.
Cops are pocketing an estimated £20million a year in personal injury claims, much of it funded by taxpayers.