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Senior counter-terrorism officer dismissed after top-secret files stolen from his car

Marcus Beale was dismissed just ten days before he was due to retire from West Midlands Police. Credit: PA

A senior counter-terrorism officer has been dismissed from his job after top-secret documents were stolen from his car.

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale of West Midlands Police had been due to retire from the force in ten days time.

The decision to dismiss him without notice after classified files were stolen from the boot of his car was confirmed at a special case hearing at the force's headquarters in Birmingham.

Ordering that the 54-year-old be dismissed for gross misconduct, Chief Constable Dave Thompson told the hearing:

The conduct in this case is a serious criminal conviction for improperly caring for documents.

I agree (with a previous disciplinary panel decision) that the misconduct in this case is serious and is very likely to undermine public confidence in policing.

Beale, who is due to retire next week, pleaded guilty last year to an offence under the Official Secrets Act but had argued that he should receive a final written warning."

– Constable Dave Thompson, speaking at the hearing