‘Career’s ruined’ says cleared bodybuilder

Paul Crossland has been cleared of assaulting his ex-partner

Paul Crossland has been cleared of assaulting his ex-partner

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A WIGAN bodybuilder says he has gone through months of hell after being accused of beating his ex-partner.

Paul Crossland was cleared of causing her actual bodily harm following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court at the end of January, but said he was disgusted at the way he was treated by police.

Paul Crossland's knee

Paul Crossland's knee

The 33-year-old called Greater Manchester Police during an incident involving his former girlfriend at their home in Up Holland Road, Billinge, last July.

During the altercation, he sustained a dislocated knee, and officers arrived as he had restrained her.

But while Mr Crossland was hoping the police would arrest her, he was taken to custody and his pleas for medical attention were ignored.

The father-of-two, who now lives in Garswood, was charged with ABH and he pleaded not guilty at Wigan Magistrates’ Court. A jury at crown court returned a verdict of not guilty.

I needed hospital treatment but instead I was put in a police van and locked in a cell. The police refused to listen to me. I feel discriminated against because I am 6ft 4ins and 22 stone and she is a woman

Paul Crossland

Once the criminal proceedings were over, he attempted to make a counter-claim against her, but he alleges police would not take any further action.

The ex-professional rugby player, said he feels he has been treated unfairly and has logged a complaint with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

He said: “My ex-partner and I had an argument and my knee ended up being dislocated. I called the police four times.

“I held her to the floor to restrain her and as a result I bruised her wrist. Instead of taking action against her, police arrested me, as my ex complained I used too much force.

“I needed hospital treatment but instead I was put in a police van and locked in a cell. The police refused to listen to me. I feel discriminated against because I am 6ft 4ins and 22 stone and she is a woman.

“I couldn’t make a complaint against my ex because I needed to prove my innocence first.

“So I had to wait seven months for my trial and when I went to the police to complain, they refused me, saying it was down to the officers who attended, believing that I was in the wrong.

“My kneecap was torn off and my knee dislocated, yet I was the one who got into trouble.

“My career as a competitive bodybuilder is ruined as I can’t compete anymore.

“I am still undergoing physiotherapy. I can’t even play with my children.

“I have also lost my home and I had to sleep in my car for two days until I could sort myself out.

“Because of the allegations and all the bad things said against me I had to move from Billinge and start again. I now just want to clear my name for good.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed officers did attend Up Holland Road, Billinge, last July, following Mr Crossland’s call, and that they had received a complaint via the IPCC and they were now investigating it.