Ben Smith Police officer share ‘inspirational’ homeless teenager story

Ben Smith Police officer share ‘inspirational’ homeless teenager story

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Stephen Croshaw became a police officer in 2008 after working for four years as a PCSO

A police constable has shared his journey from being a teenager who slept rough to becoming a neighbourhood officer.

Thousands of people reacted to PC Stephen Croshaw’s tweets about overcoming his difficult childhood.

The Warwickshire officer, 46, said he suffered abuse from an alcoholic mother, was locked in a coal shed and eventually slept rough.

He said his story showed “hope” and “determination” can surpass all else.

The police officer, now married and a stepfather, said he had experienced some “low lows” while growing up in Nuneaton.

He said his mother, who has since died, struggled with mental heath issues and alcoholism and found it difficult to cope after his father, who has also since died, left.

PC Croshaw regularly suffered violence as a young boy, recalling being beaten with a bat, locked in the coal shed naked and verbally abused.

He scraped through school, he said

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