Friday, May 10, 2013

Kerry Ann Taylor: Police officer wins £5,000 claim for hurting thumb removing cannabis from drug den - and taxpayers have to foot the £150,000 legal bill

A policewoman has won her fight for compensation after cutting her thumb while dismantling a cannabis plant - leaving the taxpayer with a £150,000 legal bill.

Kerry Ann Taylor, a Hampshire Police officer, will receive £4,837 damages after her employers today lost a bid to overturn an earlier decision in the Court of Appeal.

The WPC, 34, was nauseous from cannabis fumes when she cut her thumb on broken glass while uprooting plants at a flat in Devonshire Avenue, Southsea, following a drugs bust.

The serving officer sued her Chief Constable claiming the force had breached their duty of care by allowing her to be exposed to the fumes and failing to provide thick gardening gloves.