TV star police constable who dressed as Superman for children's parties dropped by cosplay charity

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TV star police constable who dressed as Superman for children's parties is dropped by cosplay charity after he is charged with attempted rape, sexual assault, false imprisonment and controlling behaviour over 15-year period

PC Matt Tregale, 33, will appear at Plymouth Magistrates Court on TuesdayMr Tregale appeared on the Channel 4 documentary series Call The CopsHe was a trustee of Devon Super Team - a volunteer Superhero Cosplay Group

By Jonathan Rose For Mailonline

Published: 13:03 BST, 23 July 2022 | Updated: 13:04 BST, 23 July 2022

A serving police officer who attended children's parties dressed as Superman has been suspended from a cosplay charity after being charged with attempted rape and other sexual offences.

PC Matt Tregale, 33, will appear in connection with the eight offences at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday. 

On Friday he was charged with attempted rape, false imprisonment, sexual assault, three counts of sexual assault by penetration and two counts of coercive and controlling behaviour.

Devon and Cornwall Police said he was currently suspended from duty.

The force said the alleged incidents took place while the officer was off duty between 2006 and 2021.

Mr Tregale, who appeared on the Channel 4 documentary Call The Cops, was also a trustee of Devon Super Team - an Exeter based volunteer Superhero Cosplay Group raising funds to help Children in Devon with disabilities.

PC Matt Tregale (pictured), 33, will appear in connection with the eight offences at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday

On Friday the group issued a statement about his charges saying: 'It has been recently brought to our attention that one of our cherished heroes has been highlighted in the local news and on social media platforms regarding charges brought against them.

'We understand that this may be a shock to the public just as it is a shock to our Charity’s volunteers.

'In protection of the Charity and of this individual and their mental health, we are writing this statement to display our actions.

'This individual has been responsibly asked to step away from further charitable events, visits and Charity work until the court verdict has been decided.

'As a Charity, we are currently configuring our roles, members, and responsibilities out in this time.

'However, we will not take further action until we receive further information.

Mr Tregale (left), who appeared on the Channel 4 documentary Call The Cops, was also a trustee of Devon Super Team - an Exeter based volunteer Superhero Cosplay Group raising funds to help Children in Devon with disabilities

'Thank you for reading this urgent statement of ours, and we hope this circumstance will not intrude on future activities or concerns. DevonSuperTeam, No. 1191219.'

Earlier this month, while dressed as Superman, Mr Tregale along with a Super Team member dressed as Batman helped arrest a shoplifter on the run from a supermarket.

The costumed pair who had just been in the store themselves caught the would-be thief who was legging it down a road and handed him over to chasing security guards.

The bizarre incident happened in Exeter when two fully costumed members of the Devon Super Team stopped off for a bite to eat at a Lidl.

A spokesman for the group said: 'On Sunday Batman and Superman were on visits in Exeter.

'They had been to see a disabled child and then to a children's birthday party. And afterwards Superman was hungry.

Earlier this month, while dressed as Superman, Mr Tregale along with a Super Team member dressed as Batman helped arrest a shoplifter on the run from a supermarket

'So they were in the Batmobile and decided to visit Lidl. Both of them went into the store and Superman chose some sushi.

'A kind lady actually paid for the food when they went to the checkout.

'They left the store and were driving away when Superman spotted a man being chased by security staff.

'Batman pulled the Batmobile onto a roundabout and Superman ran out and apprehended the guy until the security caught up with Batman assisting.

'The thief looked so shocked and didn't know what to do. There was a bus load of people who saw the incident too - they must have wondered what was happening.

'Staff at the store told them later that the shoplifter had about £95 worth of goods.'

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