A West Midlands Police officer is due to appear in court today (Wednesday 21st November) charged with racially aggravated wounding following an incident where a man was hospitalised after being injured by a police dog in Northfield last September.

The incident happened on 4th September 2017 at the former North Worcestershire Golf Club in Hanging Lane, where a group of travellers were pitched, after police were called to a report of the theft of roof tiles from the former clubhouse.

During the incident, a man was restrained by a police dog handler deploying his dog.

The police watchdog was asked to assess the conduct of the dog handler after a video of the incident – captioned: “[…]everyone share this post on let people see how travellers really get treated” – was posted on Facebook and viewed millions of times.

Following an investigation, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has confirmed that suspended dog handler PC Paul Birch has been charged with unlawfully and maliciously causing grievous bodily harm and that the offence was racially aggravated contrary to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Maybe if the dog officer had done his job properly and professionally,he wouldn’t have been suspended and charged for not just unlawfully and maliciously causing GBH, but racially aggravated GBH.
    Then perhaps charges could have been brought forward for breaking and entering,had there been any evidence that those offences had been committed by those accused.. Of course it could also be that those offences were falsely reported to the police,to try and deal with the trespass problem,which i believe is a civil offence for the landowner and courts to sort out,not the police.

  2. Maybe if the dog officer had done his job properly and professionally,he wouldn’t have been suspended and charged for not just unlawfully and maliciously causing GBH, but racially aggravated GBH.
    Then perhaps charges could have been brought forward for breaking and entering,had there been any evidence that those offences had been committed by those accused.. Of course it could also be that those offences were falsely reported to the police,to try and deal with the trespass problem,which i believe is a civil offence for the landowner and courts to sort out,not the police.

  3. Wtf these darn travellers get away with blue murder and now the free loading creatures are having the police kiss their arses due to human rights,wrong so very very wrong. This country is going down big time

    • what do you think they get away with exactly? what crime were they arrested for? this has nothing to do with human rights either,but a police officer not gathering evidence to a suspected crime lawfully.
      You also say this country is going down big time, so i’ve gotta ask how calling people your prejudiced against ‘creatures’ and thinking it’s ok for police officers to break the law. isn’t ,dragging this country down?

  4. The jelly babies are out in force, not lending support to WMP.
    Very easy to judge a person in dangers conduct in the cold light of day.
    I’m sure that if the poor upright traveller and his associates had killed the Police dog, the officer would be up on charges of endangering the animal.

  5. To all of you that moan. You do so regardless of right and wrong. If these travellers were on your doorstep then you would be grateful the police are dealing with them. You would be moaning that they are making a nuisance of themselves that they have no respect for others and that they think they are a law to themselves. But when an officer of the law that has been equipped with a dog companion to do the job he is paid to do, prejudice steps in from the very people the officer is protecting. In anyone’s life time you will need the help of our police at some point. It’s a shame that they are not protected from doing their job. Give them a gun but god help them if they use it in the liner of duty. Give them a dog but make sure they are kept in the back of a vehicle in case they bite a trespasser, law breaker, thief, hooligan, environment destroyer or a criminally motivated tax evader.
    I’m amazed anyone would do their job with so many senseless critic living in this world. Shame on you all.

  6. No AB your projecting yourself onto others,the only people senselessly moaning,are people like yourself,who think it’s ok for this police dog handler to potentially break the law,just because you don’t like the person on the receiving end. It’s also you who’s doing so regardless of right and wrongs,no one else. Personally i think it’d be wrong because it’d wrong,not regardless of the facts to hand, unlike yourself and others,who’s opinion of right or wrong seems to be reliant on your own personal prejudices.
    Would you at least agree,that the police have a hard enough time as it is,and that when phoning the police to report the travelers actions,it would have really beneficial for the police,had the person phoning,filmed them breaking the law,so that the police at least had that evidence to take the case further?

    Would you also agree that the police would have needed that type of evidence to have a hope of taking it to court ?

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