Special constable and 2 West Midlands Police officers charged with rape - latest Birmingham news updates (Friday, October 15)

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Rape charges against a West Midlands Police special constable and two officers

A special constable and two West Midlands Police officers have been charged with rape in unconnected cases.

One charge was in June of this year whilst a second officer was charged on October 2019.

The special constable was charged in April 2019.

The details were released in a Freedom of Information request.

The three who cannot be named due to legal reasons will face separate trials later this year.

The news comes as police forces face increased scrutiny after police officer Wayne Couzens received a life sentence for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard.

West Midlands Police Headquarters, Lloyd HouseWest Midlands Police Headquarters, Lloyd House
West Midlands Police Headquarters, Lloyd House

Council houses oversubscribed

A report by Birmingham City Council has revealed that the current housing register would take ‘many years to clear’ even if no new applicants applied. They are seeing close to 500 applications per week currently. The report revealed that 66 bids were being made for every council property.

Weather for the week ahead

Showers likely on most days but a touch warmer highs of around 17 Celsius on most days.

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