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West Midlands PCs charged with imprisoning man

Two serving West Midlands Police officers have been charged with unlawful imprisonment.

PC Louise Taylor and PC Andrew Wagg were charged in relation to a complaint made following the alleged false imprisonment of a man, held for breach of the peace, in Handsworth in 2011.

The officers, based at Birmingham Central police station, have been suspended.

They are due at Stafford Crown Court on 14 October.

'Highest standards'

The breach of the peace arrest took place in Lozells Road, in November 2011.

In a statement, a force spokesman said the matter was initially referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which then returned the complaint to the force for a local investigation.

Following an investigation by the force's professional standards department the matter was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service, which made a decision to charge the officers.

PC Taylor, 34, of Kings Norton, and PC Wagg, 28, of Great Barr, were suspended in April, when they were charged.

The spokesman said: "West Midlands Police demand the highest standards of professionalism from all officers and staff.

"The force takes all complaints extremely seriously and each one will be thoroughly and professionally investigated."

The officers have been charged with unlawfully and injuriously imprisoning a man and detaining him against his will.

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