A policeman whose canine injured a member of the general public has been charged with racially aggravated wounding.

Paul Birch, a West Midlands Police constable, is accused of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily hurt to a person with a bunch of travellers.

It follows an incident on the web site of the previous North Worcestershire Golf Course in Northfield, Birmingham, in September final yr.

The injured man was taken to hospital after being bitten by the animal, the Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct (IOPC) stated.

The cost towards the 50-year-old claims the offence was racially aggravated opposite to the Crime and Dysfunction Act 1998.

An IOPC investigation into how and why the canine was deployed was concluded in Might and the Crown Prosecution Service issued the cost final month.

Birch is to look at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court docket on Wednesday.

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