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Officer's insurance claim over stolen car 'incredible', SDLP MLA says

Tracey Mackin received a letter asking if she would pay compensation for an injury a police officer sustained in a collision involving her stolen car

REVELATIONS that a PSNI officer is claiming against the insurance of a woman whose car was stolen and was later involved in a collision with a police vehicle have been branded "absolutely incredible" by an SDLP MLA.

The Irish News reported yesterday that mother-of-two Tracey Mackin has been left "deeply distressed" after being told of the injury compensation claim.

Ms Mackin's Nissan Juke was taken from outside her home in Lagmore, west Belfast, last October.

The car was later seen on the Falls Road. Police slowed it with a 'stinger' device before it was involved in a collision with a police car at Millfield.

Three 15-year-olds were later charged in connection with the theft

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said compensation claims from police officers are "adding further undue stress to the victims of these invasive crimes".

"What's worse is that the PSNI not only seems to have washed its hands of the situation, they've attempted to justify it by asserting that the claim would be against the Motor Insurance Bureau rather than the victim's insurance policy. As if that makes it any better," she said.

"No victim should wake up to a solicitor's letter from a police officer demanding they accept liability for an accident they were not involved in after their vehicle was stolen. The PSNI should move to implement internal processes to ensure that this does not happen in future."

A PSNI spokesman said it was a "matter for individual police officers, like any other citizens, to pursue civil claims arising from road traffic collisions in which they have been involved [whether during their working time or at some other time]".

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