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Kelly seeks meeting with PSNI over compensation process

SDLP Policing and Legacy Spokesperson Dolores Kelly MLA is to meet with senior PSNI officers following a report in the Irish News which revealed that officers continue to make compensation claims against the victims of car theft. Ms Kelly said that there must be an internal process which prevents the added stress to the victims of crime.

She said:

“I find it absolutely incredible that the victim of a car theft would be subjected to compensation claims from police officers following the apprehension of the criminals responsible.

“The report in today’s Irish News isn’t an isolated incident but it shines a light on a practice that is adding further undue stress to the victims of these invasive crimes.

“What’s worse is that the PSNI not only seems to have washed its hands of the situation, they’ve attempted to justify it by asserting that the claim would be against the Motor Insurance Bureau rather than the victim’s insurance policy. As if that makes it any better.

“No victim should wake up to a solicitor’s letter from a police officer demanding they accept liability for an accident they were not involved in after their vehicle was stolen. The PSNI should move to implement internal processes to ensure that this does not happen in future.”

Dolores Kelly MLA

Email
dolores.kelly@mla.niassembly.gov.uk
Tel
028 38322140

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