Time-wasting 999 calls released by police

A recording of a woman calling 999 because she had forgotten her laptop password is among a number of time-wasting calls being made public.

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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".

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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.

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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
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.

Detective appeals for information on death of baby boy

Detectives from West Yorkshire Police have appealed for information in connection with the death of a baby boy in Halifax.

We are in the very early stages of our investigation but following initial inquiries have arrested two women in connection with the death of a baby boy from Halifax.

I would urge anyone who thinks they could have information that may be beneficial to our ongoing inquiries to call our protective services department on 101 or give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Detective superintendent Simon Beldon

Two men released on bail after flare hits linesman

Two men arrested after a flare hit a linesman during a Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park have been released on bail.

West Midlands Police have said on Twitter:

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Two men arrested on suspicion of throwing a smoke-bomb at yesterday's Villa v Spurs game have been bailed with strict conditions.

FA to investigate 'unacceptable' flare incident

The FA has said it will investigate an incident in which an assistant referee was hit by a flare during today's Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.

A spokesman said it "highlight the dangers of pyrotechnics being used in a football stadium":

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An FA spokesman said: "The FA will investigate this matter, which is unacceptable." ...

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"We will await the match officials' report and will be speaking to the clubs." ...

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... "Such incidents highlight the dangers of pyrotechnics being used in a football stadium."

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Two men held after flare hits linesman in Spurs match

Two men, aged 25 and 27, have been arrested after a flare hit a linesman during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park, West Midlands Police have said.

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Police have arrested 2 men after a lit flare was thrown on the pitch during the Villa v Spurs game - the flare hit a linesman #avfc #thfc

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The two men aged 25 and 47 were arrested following the incident at Villa Park, fortunately the linesman wasn't injured #avfc #thfc

Television replays showed a missile being fired from the away section after Andros Townsend's first-half opening goal in Spurs' 2-0 away win.

Linesman struck by flare during Villa-Spurs match

An assistant referee has been struck by a flare fired from the away section during the first half of the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park.

David Bryan was hit by the flare as Spurs fans celebrated the game's opening goal, which was scored by England winger Andros Townsend in the 31st minute.

Replays showed assistant referee David Bryan being struck in the back of the neck by a flare fired from the away section. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
Mr Bryan was seen grimacing amid the blue smoke as Tottenham fans turned to see the culprit. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
Spurs defenders Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen checked on the official and the game resumed shortly afterwards. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

West Midlands Police cop arrested in corruption probe

A police officer with West Midlands Police has been arrested in connection with a large-scale corruption inquiry into the leaking of confidential information.

The 42-year-old man who is employed as a police community support officer has been suspended pending further inquiries.

He was arrested at an address in Sandwell in the West Midlands on Thursday on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.

A further two individuals and one woman have been detained on suspicion of procuring misconduct in a public office.

All four have since been released on bail.

Underwear and teeth among lost items given to police

Hearing aids, false teeth and even underwear are among the items that have been handed into the lost property store of West Midlands Police.

West Midlands Police have been using Twitter to offer an insight into the force's lost property store. Credit: Twitter/@WMPolice

Today the force has been tweeting updates under the hashtag #wmpproperty, to give users an insight into the force's lost property department.

West Midlands Police tweeted a photograph of some of the passports handed into officers. Credit: Twitter/@WMPolice

Tweets today revealed that last year a total of 22,930 items found their way into the lost property store. Among those items were 499 handbags, 2,303 wallets and purses and 1,416 driving licences.

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