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Cop demands compo amid claims nightclub’s burglar alarm caused …

A police officer1 is demanding compensation after claiming a nightclub s noisy burglar alarm damaged his hearing.

PC Darren Belford responded to a break-in at the bar in January and found the doors open and security system blaring

The Staffordshire Police2 officer claimed he suffered temporary hearing loss and tinnitus as it was set to an unsafe level .

The nightspot s co-director Pete Terry thought it was a wind-up when he got the legal letter.

Shock: Pete Terry, co-director of Gossip nightclub, thought the legal letter was a “wind-up”

He said: How can he sue us? This is part of his job. Police dedicate their lives to public service and that comes with risks.

This claim could be crippling for us.

The alarm at Gossip nightclub in Stoke was installed in September by SV Security Systems, which said it conformed to British standards.

Staffordshire Police distanced itself from the claim, which was made privately.

Concern: Mr Terry says the officer’s claim could be “crippling” for his business

Assistant Chief Constable Bernie O Reilly said: I do not generally support the principle of officers claiming compensation against victims of crime3.

Staffordshire Police Federation, which represents officers, also said it was not involved.

Chairman Andy Adams said: The public will see this as another member of the emergency services trying to get extra money and it doesn t reflect well on the rest of us.

Scene: PC Belford had responded to a break in at Gossip nightclub

But Mr Adams added that PC Belford was entitled to pursue a claim like every other member of the public.

In 2013, PC Kelly Jones planned to sue a garage owner in Thetford, Norfolk, after tripping on a kerb.

She later dropped the claim.

That same year it emerged a Suffolk officer won a 13,000 payout after injuring his big toe during health and safety training.

References

  1. ^ police officer (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Staffordshire Police (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ of crime (www.mirror.co.uk)

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