Court date for £500,000 compensation claim against Police Scotland by Angus man who lost part of his leg in road crash

January 28 2017, 8.00amUpdated: January 30 2017, 3.38pm
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Greig Yorke

An Angus man who is suing Police Scotland after losing part of his leg in road crash has had a court date set for his £500,000 compensation claim.

Greig Yorke, 43, from Carnoustie, was hit by a car on the A92 south of Arbroath in June 2013 after officers allegedly left him to walk along a dark dual carriageway.

He is claiming that officers “failed in their duty of responsible care to protect life and property” after they left him to carry on walking home after a night out.

A proof for the civil action will be heard at Forfar Sheriff Court on July 7.

Mr Yorke, a former soldier, had originally been on a night out with friends in Arbroath when he was assaulted in the Central Bar at around 11.25pm on June 1.

He lost consciousness, but it is claimed police officers who attended the incident did not ensure Mr Yorke received hospital treatment.

It is alleged that at about 2am on June 2, members of the public began calling police to report that they’d had a “near miss” with a man walking on the A92.

At 2.20am police officers are said to have found Mr Yorke on the busy road and escorted him six metres away to a cycle path, before leaving him to make his own way home.

However, it’s claimed that minutes later more calls were made by concerned road users that he was back on the road and officers are alleged to have tried searching for him at 2.40pm but to no avail.

At around 3.10am Mr Yorke was hit by a Vauxhall Astra near the Salmond’s Muir junction.

He received initial treatment from a woman who had been driving home at the time who applied a tourniquet using her ID lanyard at the scene.

He was then taken by ambulance to Ninewells Hospital and placed on life support.

An amputation on the bottom part of his left leg was carried out following a blood transfusion.

The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner launched a probe in the aftermath of the incident and found  that “opportunities were presented to police officers and staff to ensure the 
welfare of the injured party prior to the accident and, had these opportunities been taken, the crash may not have occurred”.

Mr Yorke has previously told The Courier: “The police are not a taxi service but whether I was drunk, concussed or both, they have a duty of care not only to me but to other road users.”

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