Cagefighter put policeman in headlock and threatened to ‘rip his head off’

Bobby Mason jailed for attacking PC Jack Moorhouse, who had pleaded: 'Mate, I’m being fine with you.”

Mark Cardwell
Saturday 27 April 2019 13:06 BST
Moment Cagefighter puts policeman in headlock and threatens to rip his head off

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A cage fighter has been jailed for a year after he was caught on a police bodycam attacking an officer and threatening to “rip his head off”.

Bobby Mason, 38, grabbed PC Jack Moorhouse in a headlock when he and PC Luci Boardman tried to arrest him for another assault.

A bodycam worn by PC Moorhouse shows Mason taunting him and asking him if his radio has an alarm.

He then threatens to “rip his head off”, while PC Moorhouse attempts to defuse the situation by replying: “Mate, I’m being fine with you.”

After being told he is under arrest, Mason can be seen grabbing PC Moorhouse by the neck and putting him in a headlock.

The bodycam worn by PC Boardman shows Mason trying to punch the officer before putting him in a choke-hold while members of the fighter’s family beg him: “Let him go!”

Officers eventually used pepper spray to incapacitate Mason and he was arrested following the attack on 10 February.

Mason, of Wordsley, Stourbridge, West Midlands, claimed PC Moorhouse had attacked him but did not realise the attack had been caught on bodycam.

He was jailed for a year on Thursday (25/4) after he admitted common assault and actual bodily harm at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

PC Moorhouse was taken to hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Dunn, of West Midlands Police, said: “This was a horrific attack on a police officer in the line of duty.

“It serves as a reminder to us all of the inherent dangers faced by police officers on a daily basis in our efforts to prevent crime, protect the public and help those in need.

“Mason, a trained cage fighter, would have known his own strength and deliberately wanted to debilitate and harm PC Moorhouse.

“Luckily, Jack wasn’t seriously injured, but no doubt this experience will stay with him for the rest of his career.”


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