Top police officer ACC Marcus Beale suspended after paperwork theft

8 November 2017, 11:02

A top police officer has been suspended and summonsed to appear in court after sensitive paperwork was stolen from his car.

The Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Marcus Beale, who previously oversaw counter-terrorism for the force, has been summonsed to appear at Westminster Magistrates on 7 December.

The documents were stolen in May from the unmarked police car that Mr Beale used regularly.

In a statement his force said: "A number of personal belongings were taken during the theft, along with a locked box containing documents relating to police matters. The theft from the vehicle is being investigated locally.

"Due to the nature of the documents lost, the Metropolitan Police Service was asked by West Midlands Police to undertake an independent investigation into any criminal liabilities.

"The MPS' Specialist Operations Directorate has national responsibilities in relation to offences under the Official Secrets Act and it was deemed more appropriate for an outside force independent of the officer to investigate."

Mr Beale joined West Midlands Police in 2011 and has overseen some of its most high-profile counter-terrorism investigations and often worked in collaboration with the security services.

Earlier this year he moved to a new role as head of operations with the force.

His biography and profile page have been removed from the force website.

Sky sources understand that Mr Beale has fully cooperated with the Metropolitan Police investigation and will appear in court next month.