A police force nominated themselves and won a public relations award for the way they handled a tragedy - of a schoolgirl knocked down and killed by a speeding patrol car.
The family of Hayley Adamson have reacted with anger that Northumbria Police put themselves forward for the prize after the horrifying smash.
Hayley, 16, was killed when a speeding patrol car with no blue light or sirens on smashed into her in May 2008.
After a five-day trial at Newcastle Crown Court, PC John Dougal was jailed for three years after being convicted of driving at 94mph moments before he ploughed into her in the late-night tragedy.
His flashing blue lights and siren were switched off as he followed what he thought was a stolen car in Newcastle's West End.
Hayley's mother Yvonne Adamson, of the Fenham area of the city branded the move as ‘sick’.
Police officers have since visited the family and apologised saying the nomination, for which the won a 'gold' award, was never intended to cause offence.
Tomorrow would have been Hayley's 18th birthday.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Police win PR award for how they handled death of schoolgirl... killed by cop.
This is the definition of balls. From Daily Mail: