Case study: Avon & Somerset - diagnosed with PTSD

PC Simon Mudge

PC Simon Mudge from Avon & Somerset Police

Years of being punched, kicked, battered, and spat upon, forced PC Simon Mudge to leave Avon & Somerset Police and the job he “loved”.

After two years with the force Simon was beaten unconscious by four burglary suspects who he challenged in a car park. He was left for dead at the side of the road with broken ribs and and a broken jaw. His attackers were sentenced to two years on probation and 200 hours of community service. Simon’s sentence was Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which got worse over time.

In another serious incident, he was hit over the head with a bottle at a music festival near Bristol. He was kicked by the crowd while on the ground and had to be dragged to safety by colleagues. Again the courts were lenient and the offenders received a ticking off and community orders.

Simon was bitten on the thumb by a drug addict and another time a suspect spat in his face. The final straw was when the family of a man, who was found dead in a river, turned on Simon and became violent.

He said: “I am a robust person but it had started to get to me. I woke up one day and couldn’t put my uniform on. I went long term sick and saw a psychiatrist who diagnosed complex PTSD.

“It wasn’t easy to resign because I loved doing the job and thought I was good at it, but the only way I could get better was to leave.”

 

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