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Officers investigated as foul-mouthed rant left on suspected victim's voicemail

WARNING: This story contains language which some people may find offensive

Two police officers have been accused of leaving a vile, expletive-riddled voicemail message on the phone of a suspected domestic abuse victim.

An investigation has been launched by the professional standards team at West Midlands Police over the claims.

Emma Burrows spoke to the police who say they hope the alleged incident does not put people off reporting abuse in the future.

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Domestic violence charity calls for public inquiry

A domestic violence charity has called for a public inquiry into the treatment of victims of domestic violence after allegations of verbal abuse from two police officers.

An official investigation has been launched by West Midlands Police following a complaint from a suspected domestic violence victim, 19-year-old Alex Faragher, who was shocked to find the foul-mouthed rant on her voicemail.

But charity Refuge says it isn't enough.

Chief executive Sandra Horley said the charity regularly deals with women who experience a "negative" response from police.

I was appalled, but not surprised, to hear the comments allegedly left by West Midlands Police officers on the voicemail.

We know that negative attitudes about women who experience domestic violence persist within the police, but it is rare to hear them captured on tape.

These horrifying comments are not an isolated incident. Day in, day out, we hear about police officers failing to respond to women experiencing domestic violence.

We urgently need a public inquiry to uncover the truth about the way the police, and all state agencies, respond to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

– Sandra Horley, Refuge chief executive

Police 'shocked and devastated' at foul message claims

A top police officer at West Midlands Police has said she was "shocked and devastated" by allegations two PCs left a foul-mouthed rant on the voicemail of a suspected domestic abuse victim.

Ch Supt Rachel Jones said she was particularly upset by the thought that the allegations may have an impact on other domestic abuse victims coming forward in future.

LISTEN: Shocking 'police rant' recorded on voicemail

The full audio from a voicemail allegedly left by two police officers on the phone of a suspected domestic violence victim has been released.

WARNING: This audio contains language which some people may find offensive.

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".

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 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.

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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 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".

Full audio to follow.

RAIL: DELAYS AT SUTTON COLDFIELD

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.

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