West Midlands Police is failing to record more than 16,500 violent crimes each year, a watchdog has claimed.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) rated West Midlands Police as "inadequate" for the way it records violent crime and sexual offences.
It found that 78.2% of violent crime and 89.2% of sexual offences reported to the force were recorded.
The report said:
Bosses at West Midlands Police hit back at the findings, with Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe claiming the watchdog had failed to recognise the force's strengths in recording crime overall.