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Law may change after injured PSNI officer snubbed

By Victoria O'Hara

The Minister for Social Development has said it is society’s duty to care for people in the same position as injured PSNI officer Peadar Heffron.

Nelson McCausland was speaking after Mr Heffron, who lost a leg in a dissident republican bomb attack, was refused industrial injury benefits.

Mr Heffron was badly injured when a booby-trap bomb exploded underneath his car in Randalstown in January 2010.

The 35-year-old’s claim was turned down after it was ruled he was not on duty at the time of the attack. However, the case has been adjourned for further legal representations.

“It is patently clear why Constable Peadar Heffron was targeted,” said Mr McCausland.

“It is the duty of a society to care for our police officers injured through their public service. If current legislation cannot meet this need, then it must be reviewed.”

In a statement on behalf of the PSNI, Chief Constable Matt Baggott said he supports “the position that travelling to and from work constitutes being on duty”.

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly also supported Mr Heffron’s bid for compensation.

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