‘I’ve been through hell, where is my justice?’

Paul Crossland has been cleared of assaulting his ex-partner.
Paul Crossland has been cleared of assaulting his ex-partner.
  • Ex-bodybuilder is cleared of assaulting his former partner
  • He believes injuries sustained during altercation have ruined his sporting career
  • Police are investigating a complaint about the way they handled the case

A Billinge 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.

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

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.

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.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed officers did attend the Billinge address following Mr Crossland’s call and were now investigating a complaint received via the IPCC.