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Cleared Pc found dying on Snowdon

An RAF helicopter over Snowdon (picture: Nigel Duckworth)
An RAF helicopter over Snowdon (picture: Nigel Duckworth)

A police officer who was cleared of wrongdoing after punching a woman while trying to arrest her has died after being found in north Wales.

Pc Anthony Mulhall, of South Yorkshire, was found on Snowdon on Thursday, but died in hospital on Friday.

He was removed from frontline duties in March 2007 when he was caught on CCTV hitting Toni Comer, 21, as he tried to subdue her outside a Sheffield club.

An investigation later decided that no officers should be charged.

Pc Mulhall was reported missing from his home in the Rotherham area on Wednesday.

Pc Mulhall was highly regarded and will be missed by all his colleagues and friends
Meredydd Hughes, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "A mountain rescue team located him on Snowdon on Thursday afternoon and airlifted him to hospital, where he was placed under intensive care. He died at 1.30pm on Friday."

The county's Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes paid tribute to the officer, who had served with the force for 11 years.

Mr Hughes said: "This is terrible news and our condolences go out to his family.

"Pc Mulhall was highly regarded and will be missed by all his colleagues and friends."

A post-mortem examination to establish the cause of death has yet to be arranged.

'Justified force'

The Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an investigation after Ms Comer complained she had been assaulted by two police officers during her arrest on suspicion of causing criminal damage to a car outside the Niche nightclub in Sheffield on 30 July 2006.

Ms Comer later pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage and was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay 250 compensation.

The IPCC investigation found the allegations that two officers assaulted Ms Comer were unsubstantiated and said Pc Mulhall had used "justified and proportionate force" to arrest someone who was being aggressive and actively resisting arrest.

It also said there was no evidence of any racism in the police actions.

Pc Mulhall's death comes just four months after Michael Todd, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, was found dead on Snowdon.

The circumstances surrounding the police chief's death in March are still being investigated and an inquest has been opened and adjourned.

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