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Former Pc is jailed over violence

Andrew Shovelar
Shovelar threw Ms Eyett onto the patio at their home

A former Lincolnshire policeman, once hailed for saving an 11-year-old boy's life, has been jailed for two years for abusing his partner.

Andrew Shovelar, 40, now of Pockthorpe Lane, Thompson in Norfolk, waged a "degrading" campaign of abuse against his ex-partner, Tracey Eyett, 37.

Ms Eyett told Lincoln Crown Court she was headbutted and chinned by Shovelar.

Shovelar denied a charge of wounding and five of assault said Ms Eyett had an "overpowering" influence over him.

'Humiliating'

The court heard how, on one occasion, Shovelar threw Ms Eyett onto the patio at their home in Sutterton, Lincolnshire, before kicking her in the thigh.

He had also thrown a plate at her, gashing her arm and spat in her face.

Sentencing Shovelar on Friday, Judge Michael Heath said: "What you did to that woman when you were violent to her was degrading, humiliating and painful.

"You were a hardworking and conscientious police officer, respected and well liked by your colleagues. But there are two sides to your personality, as is often the case in domestic violence cases."

Shovelar was found guilty of one count of wounding with intent and five counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in February.

He received the East Midlands Vodafone Lifesavers Award after he rescued an 11-year-old boy in Boston, Lincolnshire, where he was based, in May 2006.


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