£3.5m for PSNI crashes

Solicitors in Belfast and the rest of Northern Ireland have secured nearly £3.5 million in compensation for road accidents caused by the police over the past five years.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) admitted that it has been forced to pay up just under £3.5 million after victims contacted their solicitors.

Not only did people in Northern Ireland contact solicitors for injury claims, but also to be compensated for damage to their property or that of their passengers, the police confessed.

During the last decade there were 7,816 road traffic accidents caused by Northern Ireland's police force, 1,688 of which occurred during emergency calls.

SDLP Policing Board member Dolores Kelly told uTV website: "We don't want people getting hurt and we don't want to pay these large bills, it impacts on the policing budget, we are going into this comprehensive spending review and the public purse is being drained."

Solicitors have seen many clients being involved in police accidents despite the fact that drivers receive special training for high speed chases.

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