Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Theft record PCSO to sue Met Police

Rachida Sobhi has launched legal action against the Metropolitan Police, reportedly claiming she did not reveal her criminal record due to amnesia

A PCSO is suing a police force for discrimination after she failed to notify them of a conviction for theft when she applied to become a police constable.

Rachida Sobhi has launched legal action against the Metropolitan Police - reportedly claiming she did not reveal her criminal record due to amnesia.

Ms Sobhi had her case dismissed by an employment tribunal but has won the right to a new hearing after a senior judge ruled she was disabled when she filled in the application form, it was reported.

It is understood she was convicted of an offence of theft from a previous employer in 1991, for which she received a conditional discharge.

But she is said to have claimed that when she applied to become a police constable, she had forgotten about the event as a result of trauma she had experienced.

A Met Police spokesman said: "We believe the first hearing outcome was the correct one and we will vigorously defend our position at future hearings."

The issue of police workers claiming compensation was brought to light earlier this year when it emerged that a police constable was suing a petrol station owner after she tripped on a kerb while answering a 999 call.

Pc Kelly Jones, of Norfolk Police, claimed Steve Jones, the owner of Nuns' Bridges Filling Station in Thetford, failed to ensure she was ''reasonably safe'' when she attended a suspected break-in last August.

The Police Federation of England and Wales, which represents 124,000 rank-and-file officers, is funding Pc Jones's legal costs in her case against Mr Jones. A total of £67.1 million has been paid out to injured officers in settlements in the four years from 2009 to 2012, figures from the federation showed.

It also emerged in April that Surrey Pc Richard Seymour instructed lawyers to claim against Maidenhead Aquatics owner Stuart Lambley because he fell down the drain on a call out to a reported burglary at the premises in March last year. Surrey Chief Constable Lynne Owens distanced the force from the claim, stressing it was a private matter.

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