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West Midlands PC faces misconduct action over response to nursing home abuse claim

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Image caption Footage recorded from the room of a woman staying at The Ridings nursing home led to a man receiving a caution for common assault

A police officer will face misconduct action relating to a claim of abuse of a patient at a nursing home.

West Midlands Police referred itself to the police watchdog in 2015 over a caution for common assault it issued to a man relating to an incident at The Ridings nursing home in Birmingham.

The caution followed claims of abuse from February last year by a family who covertly recorded footage from their relative's room.

The female officer has not been named.

A statement issued by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said its investigation looked at how the force dealt with the family before the caution was issued, and whether a caution was the appropriate decision.

The watchdog concluded the officer had a case of misconduct to answer for failing "to ensure that the family's concerns about disposal of the offence by way of caution were taken into account" and for not keeping a written plan of contact with the family.

West Midlands Police agreed the officer should face management action from a senior officer, the IPCC said. The force has not confirmed if this has taken place.

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