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Officers in f-word rant claims put on 'restricted duties'

Two officers at the centre of claims they left a foul-mouthed rant on the voicemail of a suspected domestic violence victim have been put on restricted duties.

West Midlands Police have confirmed the officers, based at Sutton Coldfield police station, would not be in public-facing roles while an investigation was carried out.

The two officers under investigation are based at Sutton Coldfield police station
The two officers under investigation are based at Sutton Coldfield police station Credit: Google Maps

It comes after the force's professional standards department launched an investigation into allegations of gross misconduct after the 19-year-old girl complained that officers had accidentally been caught swearing and insulting her on a voicemail message.

Birmingham North police commander Rachel Jones said the force was treating the accusation as "serious".

Maintaining the highest professional standards is essential as part of our ongoing commitment to securing and maintaining the trust and confidence of the communities we serve.

Across the force we expect the highest standards of professionalism from all officers and police staff.

Whilst professional standards enquiries are ongoing, the officers have been placed on restricted duties and in a non-public facing role.

Police accused of f-word rant left on victim's voicemail

An investigation has been launched after two police officers were allegedly caught on voicemail unleashing a tirade of foul-mouthed abuse about a suspected domestic violence victim.

WARNING: This story contains language which some readers may find offensive.

Alex Faragher, 19, says the officers swore and insulted her in a voicemail
Alex Faragher, 19, says the officers swore and insulted her in a voicemail Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

The officers had arrived to take a statement at the Sutton Coldfield home of teenager Alex Faragher, 19 - but when they discovered she wasn't in, she says they called her phone.

And she claims a foul-mouthed rant was inadvertently recorded, in which they called her a "f****** slag" and a "bitch".

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Delays are expected on London Midland lines through Sutton Coldfield due to a broken-down train.

The train has now been moved but delays are expected to knock on until noon.


#SuttonColdfield update: Broken train now moved & line open. Disruption expected for a few hours - ticket acceptance on buses still in place


Mitchell calls for Royal Commission to restore trust

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell says a Royal Commission could be needed to examine how to restore the public's trust in the police.

Andrew Mitchell MP Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Mr Mitchell was alleged to have called police officers plebs on downing street - but an officer has since pleaded guilty to lying about the incident.

It comes as an ITV survey has revealed only half those questioned said they trusted the police.

Number of children in care continues to rise - charity

The number of children being put into care is continuing to rise. The Fostering Network says there is a shortage of foster carers, particularly for teenagers, and siblings.

Joy and Steven Jelfs from Burbage in Leicestershire, have three children of their own, and foster two sets of siblings between 10 and 18 years old. Steve considers fostering to be a rewarding experience.

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