Shocking moment powerlifting champion cop grabs woman who suffered PTSD and pins her to the wall as she screams for help | The Sun

THIS is the shocking moment a power-lifting champion cop grabs a woman with PTSD by the neck and pins her to the wall.

'Bully' sergeant Simon Lythgoe launched at the domestic abuse survivor while in police custody.

As he attacks her inside a cell in front of three officers, she tells vile Lythgoe: "Don't f****** use force against me.

"Don't f****** use force. Oww, oww, oww."

The woman had suffered depression due to the death of her daughter exactly one year before the February 2022 arrest.

Referred to as Ms A at Lythgoe's misconduct hearing, the panel heard the cop had access to records highlighting she was vulnerable.

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Despite this, thug Lythgoe tells Ms A he does not tolerate violence against staff, she replies: "I am not trying to be violent.

"I have not tried to be violent towards you."

Lythgoe served as an officer with Hampshire Constabulary for "25 or so" years and in 2018, broke a bench pressing world record by pushing 231kg.

The sergeant, who was based on the Isle of Wight in Hampshire, was also seen attacking a male detainee in January last year.

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At the misconduct hearing in Eastleigh, Hants, the panel heard Lythgoe was sitting behind a desk when "Mr B" said: "My trousers are falling down.

"Can you loosen my left handcuff, please? I have been asking for five hours, you're taking the piss."

Footage from Newport custody suite showed Lythgoe rising from his chair, approaching the man and lifting him up "by the scruff of his neck" to remonstrate about the way he had looked at another officer.

The sergeant said to Mr B: "I don't like it. You don't look aggressively at my colleague."

During the footage, Sgt Lythgoe says: "Do you understand that I am in charge? If you don't hear what I say there will be consequences.

"Shut up and stand up…. he's not f****** hard."

Matthew Holdcroft, prosecuting, told the hearing Lythgoe's language was one of "control and oppression" and not that of "a caring and compassionate custody sergeant".

He added: "It is a simple language of a bully and a bully who is responsible for the welfare of the detained person.

"A bully who has total control of the environment in which they are operating."

Lythgoe accepted excessive force was used in the incident involving Ms A, but claimed it was a "difficult situation" and was necessary to ensure a safe withdrawal from the cell for him and the other officers.

Lythgoe was found guilty of two counts of using force with detainees that was unnecessary, unreasonable and disproportionate in the circumstances and kicked out of Hampshire Constabulary.



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Deputy Chief Constable of Hampshire Police, Sam de Reya, said the force used by Lythgoe was "incredibly disappointing and completely unjustified"

She added: "On behalf of the force, I would like to apologise to the victims in this case and thank the colleague who stepped forward to challenge and report behaviour."

How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected].

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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