Belfast Telegraph

Policing body backs constable's injury case

By Michael McHugh

Officers wounded while protecting the public should be compensated, the organisation overseeing policing in Northern Ireland has said.

Constable Peadar Heffron (35) lost a leg after a device planted by dissidents opposed to the peace process exploded under his car in Randalstown, Co Antrim, as he drove to work in January 2010.

He has been unable to secure an industrial injury benefit and the Police Federation of rank-and-file officers has taken up his case.

Yesterday, chairman of the Policing Board Brian Rea told its monthly meeting: “Attacks on police officers must not be tolerated. Officers injured as a result of their direct employment must receive the compensation they are entitled to.”

He said the decision taken in the recent industrial injuries case showed the need for review.

The controversy centres on regulations which effectively query whether Mr Heffron was on duty at the time of the attack.

Industrial injuries benefit is payable only where an employee suffers an injury arising out of and in the course of his work.

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