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Birmingham 'police kidnap hoax': Three charged

Three men, including a police officer, have been charged over a hoax terror plot to kidnap an officer.

Birmingham officer Amar Tasaddiq Hussain, 29, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

He was also charged with two counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and has been suspended from duty with immediate effect.

Adil Bashir and Muhammad Sheikh have been charged with the same offences.

Police said they were given "false and malicious information" suggesting an officer was to "be kidnapped as part of a terrorist plot" on 8 December last year.

The force was put on high alert because of the hoax.

Mr Hussain, Mr Bashir, 25, from Small Heath, and Mr Sheikh, 30, from Bordesley Green, have been released on bail.

They are due to appear at Cannock Magistrates' Court on 7 October.

Mr Hussain works for the force's Birmingham West and Central Police Unit.

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