12/04/2013

Surrey Police Officer Suing Shop Owner Over Alleged Fall

A Surrey police officer is suing the owner of an aquatics shop after he fell down a hole while investigating a break-in at the shop on March 28 last year.

PC Richard Seymour said he tore his Achilles tendon when he fell down a hole after being called out to a night-time break-in, he is claiming compensation for medical treatment and loss of overtime.

Stuart Lambley, owner of Maidenhead Aquatics said he "thought it was a joke" when he received the compensation claim letter.

Describing what happened in the night of the call out Mr Lambley is reported as saying: "We let them in and walked down to our main building where we saw the windows were smashed in and a safe was taken".

"They were here for about half an hour to 40 minutes looking around, taking a statement and that was about it.

"A year later I then see a letter saying a police officer fell down a drain or a manhole on our premises.

"I thought it was a joke."

Mr Lambley said he did not know the details of what actually happened or how much compensation PC Seymour was claiming.

Surrey Police said the force was not supporting or funding the legal claim and added that PC Seymour had remained on full pay throughout.

(H/CD)

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