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Senior police officer fined after breaching Official Secrets Act

A senior West Midlands police officer today pleaded guilty to a charge under the Official Secrets Act.

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale admitted a breach of the act during an appearance before Westminster Magistrates Court.

ACC Beale, who is based at force headquarters in central Birmingham, was fined £3,500.

Following his guilty plea, the force will now consider misconduct proceedings.

Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said: “Today ACC Beale faced grave consequences for a mistake in an otherwise exemplary police career. This is a very serious matter and to face criminal charges is devastating for any police officer.

“ACC Beale’s distinguished career includes leading the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit where he oversaw a number of the UK’s most serious terrorism investigations.”