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Police Officer Kelly Jones Pressed Ahead With Legal Action

02/04/2013 13:57 BST | Updated 02/04/2013 14:07 BST

A police officer is going ahead with legal action against a petrol station owner after she tripped on a kerb while attending a suspected break-in, despite her father saying she planned to drop it.

A spokesman for the Police Federation, which is funding Pc Kelly Jones' legal costs, insisted she plans to continue the claim against the owner of Nuns' Bridges Filling Station in Thetford, Norfolk, even though her father, Danny Harle, said she is to drop it after being upset at the strong reaction it has prompted.

Mr Harle, 58, told the Daily Mirror she felt she had been "persecuted".

He added: "All she did was follow standard police procedure. There was never any mention of figures. She was expecting a couple of grand, not £500,000.

"Kelly wants to drop the claim to prove she's not a money-grabber, not because she feels she's done anything wrong."

Lawyers claim garage owner Steve Jones, 50, was at fault for failing to ensure the police officer was "reasonably safe", making no attempt to light the area or warn her about the step when she went to the incident in August last year.

Yesterday Chief Constable Phil Gormley spoke of his "disappointment" over the matter.

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."

The letter from law fim Pattinson Brewer, seven months after the incident, claims Pc Jones went towards a gap in the fencing to access the rear of the premises but was unaware there was a section of high kerbing and tripped and fell.

The officer injured her left leg and right wrist and went to the West Suffolk Hospital, the letter added.