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Police face compensation claim from injured grandmother

A great-grandmother is seeking £300,000 in road traffic accident compensation after being run over by a police van.

The 85-year-old had been crossing a road in Cockfosters, London in July 2010 when she was hit by the van which had been responding to an emergency call.

The police van had been travelling on the wrong side of the road at the time of the incident. Furthermore, it was apparently moving at 43mph in a 30mph zone.

The elderly lady suffered severe personal injuries in the accident and was forced to have part of her right foot amputated. She has since been fitted with a prosthetic foot by the NHS, but still suffers pain and discomfort.

The woman's legal team has submitted legal papers to the High Court in London, claiming that the police officer driving the van had been negligent.

An investigation by The Independent Police Complaints Commission found the driver had not been trained to drive in emergency response situations.

The claimant hopes to receive up to £300,000 in road traffic accident compensation from the police force for the injuries she sustained.



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