A West Midlands policeman, who was hurt in the process of apprehending a criminal, has been awarded 12,000 pounds by a Birmingham Employment Tribunal.
Richard Gardner, aged 50, from Birmingham, West Midlands, was struggling to arrest a suspect at the city’s Broad Street Station, when he crashed to the ground – damaging his knee and back. Despite several operations and a time away from the police force, he was unable to continue with his duties on his return, and was laid off.
After taking legal advice, Mr Gardner sued the West Midlands Police Force for failing to provide back-up when called for during the arrest and for not making adjustments for his injuries after his return to work.
The police argued the compensation claim but, at the Birmingham Employment Tribunal, Mr Gardner was awarded 12,000 pounds in personal injury compensation and a further 93 pounds for interest dating back to 2008.
Issues over future loss of income and lost pension contributions will be decided when the tribunal reconvenes in August.