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  • "You thought the police were escorting you home????? With blue lights going and the police car behind you?? You either drive off when a police car pulls up behind you with its blue lights flashing or you pull over, simple everyone knows that also the police are trained to use shock tactics when a vehicle is stopped after a pursuit, this is evident on fly on the wall programms that are on our tele almost daily, you do get good police officers and ones who think they are it the same as any job really, I have followed your story from the beginning and I ask other people to look over the video and statements givin to the press over the course of this case and in my eyes you were in the wrong not the police officer in thism case and gwent police should not of payed out for your vehicle, you broke the law and once a police officer stops you after a pursuit they have a few seconds to act as they don't know what they are dealing with so it's best to go in hard, hindsight is a wonderful thing but we don't have that foresight at the time, I wish you and the police officer well and hopefully this episode can be left in the past now."
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OAP whose car window was smashed up in Usk, slams ex-PC's ‘obscene’ payout

OAP whose car window was smashed up in Usk, slams ex-PC's ‘obscene’ payout

SPEAKING OUT: Robert Whatley, whose window ex-Gwent PC Mike Baillon smashed in Usk, claims ‘the law has failed’

PAYOUT: Ex-Gwent policeman Mike Baillon

VIDEO: PC Mike Baillon in the yellow jacket, during the incident which was found to have caused his being hounded out of his job

First published in News
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A PENSIONER whose car was smashed up by a Gwent police officer after a chase said that “the law has failed”, as the officer is set to receive a payout of over £400,000.

The video of former traffic cop Mike Baillon, 42, hitting the car window of 73-year-old Robert Whatley 15 times in Usk went viral on the internet, being viewed more than 30 million times on YouTube.

This led to Mr Baillon quitting the force after he became the butt of daily jokes.

But following a tribunal, he is to be awarded £429,434.64 for loss of pension, and will receive a further sum for loss of earnings since leaving the force.

Mr Whatley said: “I consider myself the victim of his actions as he was in a position of authority. It’s an obscene figure to be awarded and on this occasion the law has let the public down.”

The incident happened in 2009, where Mr Whatley was seen driving without a seat belt, which resulted in a pursuit after Mr Whatley drove off.

He was found guilty of not wearing a seat belt and failing to stop, but won a payout from the police over the damage caused to his vehicle.

Mr Whatley claims that he didn’t realise the police wanted him to pull over.

He said: “I suffered an acute stroke previously and was in recovery so I was trying to get home to take my medication.

“It was bang out of order what happened that day.”

Following the events, Mr Baillon was taken out of his traffic police role, as Gwent Police chiefs claimed he had become “obsessed” with “the Whatley incident”.

He resigned in August 2012 after he became the victim of unpleasant comments from other police officers and on one occasion his locker was defaced.

He won a constructive dismissal claim at a Cardiff employment tribunal and at a remedy hearing on Wednesday, his solicitor Nick Smith criticised Gwent police force.

He said: “Mr Baillon was removed from a job he loved and it was a gross abuse of power by the police.”

Following the decision, a Gwent Police spokesman said: “We will now reflect on the judgment.”

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Baillon said he felt let down by Gwent Police.

He said: “I felt to draw a line under the incident, I needed to make the organisation aware of how they dealt with the incident and the effect that had on me and my family.

Referring to Gwent Police, he added: “They’ve cost me my job and they’ve cost the taxpayer an awful lot of money. I was highly trained and highly committed, but it counted for nothing in the end.”

After leaving the force, Mr Baillon set up a company called Celtic Woodcraft.

Video of the incident in Usk in 2009:

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