Police apology following claims a Sikh man’s patka was removed at Perry Barr station

West Midlands Police have referred the incident to the Independent Office of Police Conduct who are investigating the officers’ interactions with the man in custody

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West Midlands Police Custody Suite, Perry Bar West Midlands Police Custody Suite, Perry Bar
West Midlands Police Custody Suite, Perry Bar

A West Midlands police chief has apologised to a Sikh man after allegations emerged that his religious head covering had been ‘forcibly removed’ by an officer after he was arrested.

The alleged incident was said to have taken place at Perry Barr Custody Suite following the arrest of a member of the Sikh community for “minor traffic offences” on October 25.

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The force referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who are conducting a full investigation.

The IOPC has confirmed that a video circulating on social media allegedly showing footage of the incident is false.

Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing for West Midlands Police Richard Baker issued a statement on Wednesday November 3.

He said: “Today I met with the man to apologise to him for any distress he experienced as a result of this incident. We understand the religious significance of head coverings to the Sikh faith and we know reports of this incident have caused outrage and anger to the Sikh community and the wider public.

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“I do not underestimate the impact this has had on the man as well as the Sikh community, both locally and further afield.

“This is absolutely not representative of West Midlands Police. We are committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect and we continue to strive for better relationships with the communities we serve. We are determined to hold to account any officer who does not adhere to the standards of professional behaviour.”

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