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    Dai Rear wrote:
    The guy wasn't wearing a seat belt. The coppers would have put it on PNC and it was insured and not nicked, The driver was an old bloke, What on earth was the point of a hot pursuit for a belt? Had they too much time on their hands? Having stopped the car and having no reason to suspect anything other than the most trivial infraction they were required to behave with "proportionalit
    y" This copper would have been told that a thousand times. Like it or lump it the HRA has been law since 1997. His behaviour was totally disproportionate to the end to be achieved-reporting a driver for the most trivial offence in the book. As a result of his misconduct he left the Force with a £400K gift, Only in the public sector...........
    The guy wasn't wearing a seat belt, was pulled over for it along with some other trivial offenses and he drove off from the police.

    Exactly at what point can anyone not see the resemblance to the reasons why police end up finding hauls of illegal drugs or weapons in cars, this is down to the fact that if someone is comitting one offence you can bet he's doing something else too. So they have to act on the suspicion that the could be concealing anything as it is not normal for someone to drive off when your still questioning them. The force used was appropriate and in my opinion the blame lies at the range rover drivers feet as like has been said if he had been totally with in the law then this would not have happened in the first place.

    I don't see why people are making comments relating to the guys age etc a criminal is a criminal. Regardless of age, race or status and therefore can only be treated the same. I bet half the coments against the police officer would not be here if it was some scally wag from some run down housing estate.

    What difference does a PNC check make, as the car could have been stolen mins earlier and no report made. Couild have been on false plates etc etc, but the guy didn't hang about for the police to finish with him and therefore raised the suspision. Pure arogance was probably the cause of it thinking he was better than everyone else, probably wished he'd have not acted that way when getting sprayed by broken glass though."
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OAP whose car window was smashed up in Usk, slams ex-PC's ‘obscene’ payout

Car smash OAP 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

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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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