Did you know that if someone nicks your car, and the police vehicle giving chase is damaged, you will get the bill for its repair. This seems to me to be utterly stupid - so stupid as to be incredible - but its what happened to Jason West of Stoke-on-Trent, according to today's Telegraph. A thief stole Jason's Golf GTI, and when the Police spotted it, they gave chase. The thief then rammed the Police car, causing significant damage. The Police then sent the bill for repairs to Jason. It seems this is what they always do. I suppose we've been told before that the law is an ass. Hard to argue with that.
I was once involved in something equally stupid. Sorry if I've blogged on this before. About 20 years ago, I was driving along a road in Newtown when a 10 year old just walked out in front of my vehicle. Absolutely nothing I could do about it. I saw the boy fly up into the air and genuinely thought he was dead. I can see it as if it was yesterday and I'll never forget it. I was lucky that my vehicle was in good nick and there were dozens of witnesses. I was so relieved when the boy recovered consciousness about 10 minutes later. An ambulance was called to take him to hospital. I was shocked when a few weeks later, I received a bill for £13 to pay for the ambulance.
Because I can be awkward when I decide to be, I objected. Not because of the money, just to the pronciple. I was told that I could claim the money back from the boy. Honestly, that's what I was told. A 10 year old boy. Well, I dug my heels in and decided not to pay, unless instructed to do so by the courts. I defended myself in the Small Claims Court, where I inevitably lost. Knew I would, but wanted to make a point. The Court must have agreed with me because no costs were found against me. I don't know whether the law has been changed by today. So Jason West, you are not alone.