Marcus Beale, an assistant chief constable, is accused of not adequately protecting documents stolen from an unmarked car

A senior West Midlands police officer has been summonsed for an offence under the 1989 Official Secrets Act, relating to a failure to safeguard sensitive documents.

Marcus Beale is accused of failing to adequately protect documents that were stolen from an unmarked police car in May. The assistant chief constable is due to appear at Westminster magistrates court at 10am on Thursday.

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