August 15th, 2011

Show me the money

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

Another day another copper suing the force for not being up to the job. 51-year-old Lesley Hart was  a police officer in Devon & Cornwall when she transferred to the Domestic Violence Unit. This followed a significant amount of sick leave which was blamed on a shoulder injury caused by wearing body armour.

Some time later she went on another extended period of sick leave which she said was due to stress caused by the emotionally demanding work in her role, excessive work load and lack of support from senior officers. In other words, exactly the same as every other hard working copper out there. The vast majority of whom just get on with it.

Whilst on sick leave, Hart flew to Argentina to take part in the BBC One game show ‘Total Wipeout’. (Strangely I know two people who have been on that show, Ms Hart was not one of them, I hasten to add).

It is understood that colleagues complained when they saw her on national TV figuring that anyone fit enough to take part in physically demanding competitions on national tele could probably be performing some kind of role within the workplace rather than being off sick.

She was subsequently cleared of any misconduct and retired on a medical pension.

She has now decided to sue the force claiming it did not do enought o support her at work and  failed to do enough to help her get back to work.

A friend is quoted as saying that she went on the game show as part of her recuperation.

The news report does not note how much money she will be claiming in damages.

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  1. Brother Random says:

    Being 51 she won’t be banging out any wonderful chavlings now she’s ‘out of work’ so it could be worse

    August 15th, 2011 at 22:54

  2. Simon says:

    She sounds a waste of space. Another example of “we want equality, women are equal to men” really meaning, lower standards and even then not being able to cope.

    Maybe I should try and sue the Ministry of Defence for making me wear Body Armour. To make sure I win the case I will grow a pair of t*ts, have long hair and walk with a mincing gait.

    Note: From now on I want to be called Simone and be transgenderal.

    August 16th, 2011 at 08:18

  3. Fee says:

    Simon, I agree. My mother’s generation fought for the right to be paid the same wage for equal work – not the right to demand that standards are lowered to the point where they’re not worth calling standards any more. Women like the one in 200′s post get right on my t*ts because they’re doing the rest of us no favours at all.

    I’m trying to teach my girls that they can do anything the boys can do (except pee standing up) and do it while smelling nicer (joke!). Behaviour like this sends the wrong message and I hope her action is defended fiercely. She deserves nothing in the way of compensation, and I hope she gets hit with the defending costs as well.

    August 16th, 2011 at 15:01

  4. Blueknight says:

    The real scandal is that it is usually cheaper to pay compensation than pay the cost of defending the case even if it is one that can be won.

    August 16th, 2011 at 18:33

  5. Ted says:

    “The real scandal is that it is usually cheaper to pay compensation than pay the cost of defending the case even if it is one that can be won.”

    True but defending dodgy claims discourages future claims and helps the morale of those still plugging away at the coalface.

    Like the pineapple case in Strathclyde. She sued for 1.5 million. Awarded Ă‚ÂŁ3000.

    August 16th, 2011 at 18:53

  6. Shijuro says:


    I wish I could be surprised 200…

    I love the Total Wipeout thing… lol…

    Filmed in South America because…NO HEALTH AND SAFETY!!!

    oh the irony…

    August 16th, 2011 at 20:42

  7. Simon says:


    I think that there are some things that Women do better than Men.

    I think that there are some things that Men do better than Women.

    I think that there are some things that Men and Women can do equally well.


    August 17th, 2011 at 05:46

  8. Soldiering on says:

    My father served 30 years as an infantryman, the first 22 of which entailed much tabbing in full kit over all terrains. As a result, he has collapsed discs in his spine and has had both hips replaced. It’s been accepted that his injuries are a direct consequence of his service. It’s more than equivalent to that police officer’s “injured shoulder due to body armour”.

    Has my father sued? No, he hasn’t. As far as he’s concerned, the job he did entails a fair amount of wear and tear to the body, he knew that from the off and he accepts it. My father does expect the government, as his former employer, to pay him a decent pension for taking on such a job plus decent medical care to help him handle the consequences of the job. He’d certainly kick up a shit-storm if he didn’t get those but he took on a tough job knowing the likely outcomes, so why would he sue when some of those outcomes did eventuate?

    I’m the same. I’m deaf in one ear, have a smashed up knee that still gives me trouble and fingers that don’t work properly thanks to my service. I enlisted knowing the potential consequences, whether general wear and tear, gruesome injury or violent death. A decent pension and decent medical care in return are expected. A bit of help where injuries mean normal life is difficult is also appreciated. But I don’t need a hefty payout simply because the job was, as expected, downright shitty at times.

    My father, and I, would both like to see officers, mandarins and politicians held to account for making stupid, short-sighted decisions that result in the otherwise avoidable death or injury of soliders—or as in your case police officers etc—but that’s not the same as expecting millions of quid simply because someone can’t hack the rough, tough, dirty, wearing and dangerous nature of the job. If they can’t hack it, they should piss off, shut up and let the rest of us get on with it.

    August 17th, 2011 at 12:03

  9. Simon says:

    What he says ^^^^^^^^^

    August 18th, 2011 at 09:32

  10. Simon says:

    I have to say that it pisses me off, when I know that MP’s can claim Ă‚ÂŁ100 for food per week, which is considerably more than I get per week for my War Pension.

    W*nkers the lot of them, shame the UK doesn’t have a history of Military Coups because now is the time to have one.

    August 18th, 2011 at 09:57

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