Melanie Sykes opens up for first time on her traumatic arrest for assault on ex-husband

Melanie Sykes met Jack Cockings in 2012 on Twitter, but their marriage only lasted six months

Melanie Sykes opens up on her 2013 arrest for assault on ex Jack Cockings for first time
Melanie Sykes opens up on her 2013 arrest for assault on ex Jack Cockings for first time

Melanie Sykes has opened up for the first time about the night she got arrested for assault on her ex-husband Jack Cockings.

The 51-year-old had an argument with her ex on November 12, 2013 – when the two were only married for six months.

She later admitted the offence and was cautioned for common assault after Metropolitan Police officers questioned the star.

The star later took legal action in an attempt to get the caution withdrawn and it was soon removed from official records.

Speaking to The Times about the incident, Melanie claimed that the police officers didn’t check both sides of the story when she was arrested.

They also reportedly didn’t let her wait for a babysitter for her kids before they handcuffed her.

She went on to say that the Metropolitan Police officers overwhelmed her with many questions about showbusiness following the cautioning.

She explained to the publication: “The doorbell went and I answered the door, and they told me that they were there to arrest me. I was just, like, ‘You are joking.’ I was totally shocked. It felt like an out-of-body experience. I’ve never ever been in trouble with the police. I’m not a violent person, I’m not capable of it.”

Melanie opened up on the arrest for the first time

According to the presenter, Jack had called the police and told them she assaulted him despite her shutting herself in her kitchen.

Melanie didn’t understand why the police were at her front door but wanted the situation to be finished as soon as possible so she was reportedly told to ‘take the caution’ after she asked for the fastest way out.

The presenter claimed the officers began ‘laughing and joking’ while asking her questions about life in showbusiness.

She said: “All the way home they were laughing and joking and wanting to know about the people that I’ve worked with. ‘What’s it like to work with Des O’Connor?'”

Melanie was having ‘the most traumatic night’ of her entire life while the police officers, as she claimed, tried to have a ‘fun chat’ with her.

Melanie and Jack Cockings



The star was ‘taken home by the police’


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“What are you supposed to do?” she added. “You can’t tell the policeman that it’s a really inappropriate conversation because, well, I was scared.”

Melanie said she was encouraged to speak out about her treatment by the officers following the murder of Sarah Everard.

When contacted by Mirror, Metropolitan Police said: “We fully appreciate how events earlier this year have heightened concerns about violence against women in London. We completely share those concerns. “

“Training of officers on the sensitive and challenging issues of violence against women and girls is absolutely crucial.

Melanie felt that the police officers didn’t listen to both sides of the story

“We are reviewing our existing advanced safeguarding course to ensure that it reflects national guidance. Officers will be able to gain and maintain accreditation in this area, developing vital skills and understanding which will benefit the public. “

They went on to say they are constantly working to improves and ‘listening to views to help them help survivors of violence’.

Three years after divorcing her actor husband Daniel Caltagirone in 2009, Melanie and Jack started exchanging tweets.

The duo had met over Twitter in 2012 – and their relationship blossomed from there before it came crashing down.

Melanie married Jack in May 2013, six months before the argument took place.

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