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2 cops charged with false imprisonment; Pair suspended after incident with motorist EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: JEANETTE OLDHAM Investigations Editor jeanette.oldham@trinitymirror.com

TWO serving Birmingham police officers are to stand trial accused of falsely imprisoning a motorist.

Andrew Wagg, 28, and Louise Taylor, 34, have been suspended by West Midlands Police following allegations of "unlawfully and injuriously imprisoning a man and detaining him against his will".

The pair, both based at Birmingham Central Police Station, are due to stand trial in October at Stafford Crown Court. They deny the offence.

Pc Wagg, of Sandy Lane, Great Barr, and Pc Taylor, of Sheringham ? TURN TO PAGE 4 Road, Kings Norton, were arrested by their own force following a lengthy investigation, sparked by a complaint relating to an incident in Birmingham on November 13, 2011.

It is understood the case centres around allegations the officers falsely imprisoned a male motorist they had stopped in the city.

The officers will next appear at Stafford Crown Court on October 14 for trial, after previously pleading not guilty to the charge.

West Midlands Police said in a FROM PAGE FROM PAGE 1 statement last night: "Two serving West Midlands Police officers have been charged with unlawfully and injuriously imprisoning a man and detaining him against his will.

"The charges relate to a complaint made to police following the alleged false imprisonment of a man who was arrested for breach of the peace in Lozells Road, Handsworth in November 2011. The matter was initially referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission who returned the complaint to the force for a local investigation.

"Following a thorough investigation by the force's Professional Standards Department, the matter was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service who made a decision to charge the officers.

"Both officers were based at Birmingham Central police station before being suspended in April 2013 when they were charged.

"Prior to this, the pair had continued to fulfil non-operational policing duties outside of the evidential chain.

"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."

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