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Policewoman sues the Met for £200,000 after suffering trauma from having to watch 100 child rape videos during probe into abuse of three children

A POLICEWOMAN who says she was traumatised by being forced to watch child abuse videos is suing the Metropolitan Police for more than £200,000 in damages.
Cara Creaby, 29, is claiming she suffered “psychiatric injury” because she had to watch “harrowing and dangerous material” while investigating the rape of three young girls.
She says she experienced “intrusive flashbacks and nightmares”, due to have having to watch hours and hours and video footage regarding their ordeal.
Creaby also claims it ruined her sex life and ended up with her being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.
It is also claimed she asked for help but bosses at Scotland Yard told her to “stick to the job at hand”, according to The Mail on Sunday.
Creaby, from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, joined the Met in 2009 and joined the ‘Sapphire Unit’ handling child abuse cases three years later.

She was the Sexual Offence Investigative Technique Officer for a case involving three young girls thought to be the victims of grooming and serious sexual offences by Michael D’Costa, who would later be jailed for 16 years.
As part of her job Creaby searched his home and seized a diary, more than 100 videos of him abusing the girls as well as kids’ clothing and school bags.
She had to view the footage of the kids being “sexually abused and degraded” as well as support and interview them about their ordeal.
The High Court papers describe the footage as “shocking, disturbing and violent” and she had to watch them all to work out what happened in them and what was being said for “at least eight hours at a time”.
According to her lawyer, David Mies at Slater & Gordon, there was no risk assessment, offers of help or consideration of how to share the workload.
Over time she struggled with the work and suffered “intrusive flashbacks and nightmares”.
On May 10, 2015 she was “signed off sick, being unable to continue due to her psychiatric injuries”,, and was then diagnosed with PTSD.
Her lawyer wrote: “It is alleged that [her] injuries were caused by her involvement in the investigation of the sexual exploitation of three young girls, and by the excessive viewing of harmful photographic and video material relating to child sexual exploitation.”
He added: “[There was an] absence of risk assessments and health and safety surveillance which would have protected her from the risk of foreseeable psychiatric harm’ and a failure to ‘provide her with assistance in having to undertake difficult and harrowing work”.
Creaby is being supported by the Police Federation.
A Federation spokesman said last night: “In order to investigate some of the most serious criminal offences there is a recognised need for investigators to view some of the most harrowing, disturbing and distressing images imaginable.
“But the effect that viewing such material can have on officers must be recognised and acknowledged and it is vital that officers – especially those who undertake these types of roles – are provided with appropriate and ongoing workplace monitoring, supervision, and assistance in order to protect their own health and wellbeing, and that all necessary risk assessments and checks are undertaken to safeguard them in their roles.”
Scotland Yard said: “A claim for damages due to psychiatric injury, dated 22 February 2018, has been received by the Metropolitan Police Service.
“The claim is currently being reviewed by solicitors acting on behalf of the Met.”

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