Sussex police motorcyclist awarded 'wrong boots' damages

A police officer who broke his leg in a motorcycle crash has won damages after judges decided the force had provided unsuitable riding boots.

PC Robert Blair, based in Sussex, was hurt while riding off-road in a police advanced motorcycle training course in 2009, the Court of Appeal heard.

He sued Sussex Police claiming riders were given "classic clubman tourer boots" instead of "motocross boots".

The force disputed his allegation and a county court judge rejected the claim.

Prevent injury

The appeal judges overturned the county court judgment and ruled in PC Blair's favour after a hearing in London.

Lord Justice Longmore said an orthopaedic surgeon felt that PC Blair's injuries would have been minimised if had he had been wearing stronger boots.

The judge, sitting with Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger, said it would have been possible and not impractical to prevent significant injury by providing stronger boots.

He said Sussex Police and PC Blair had disagreed on liability but agreed that any damages would be about £10,000.

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