Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pounds 45,000 PAYOUT FOR ONE-LEGGED MAN ARRESTED 'BREAKING IN' TO HIS OWN HOME ; Throat Cancer Survivor 'Thrown to the ground'Police Defend Actions of the Officers Involved

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pounds 45,000 PAYOUT FOR ONE-LEGGED MAN ARRESTED 'BREAKING IN' TO HIS OWN HOME ; Throat Cancer Survivor 'Thrown to the ground'Police Defend Actions of the Officers Involved

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AONE-LEGGED pensioner had his false limb pulled off and suffered serious injuries when police officers wrestled him to the ground... for breaking into his OWN home.

The force officers used to drag Peter Williams, 70, from a window caused his prosthetic limb to become detached - before he suffered a dislocated shoulder and a fractured elbow while being pinned to the ground.

Mr Williams, of Victoria Close, Boothstown, Salford, has now received a Pounds 45,000 outof-court settlement by Greater Manchester Police over the incident.

The great-grandad forgot his house keys when he went for a drink at the nearby Greyhound pub and was forced to smash his garage window to get inside.

But as he tried to climb in, he claims up to six officers grabbed him from behind and hauled him to the ground, saying, 'got you, you thieving little scrote'.

The throat cancer survivor also had a hole in his neck from a tracheostomy operation rubbed into the ground - causing him to later cough up blood clots because of internal throat injuries.

Mr Williams, who was 66 at the time of the incident in October 2009, said the officers' use of force had been 'ridiculously over the top' and that he had been forced to undergo follow-up operations to repair damage to his shoulder.

He said: "To this day I'm still very, very angry about what happened.

Why did they have to throw me to the ground? Why did they have to be so aggressive? I was an old man stuck halfway through a window, they could have just tapped me on the shoulder and asked me what I was doing. They didn't even give me a split second before they started man-handling me.

"When I was pinned to the ground, I couldn't breathe, I thought I was going to die. It was a ridiculous use of force that I'm still suffering from to this day."

Officers established at the scene that Mr Williams owned the property and called for an ambulance to take him to Salford Royal Hospital. …

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