Bernard Thorogood represents West Midlands Police

The West Midlands Police force has been prosecuted in relation to a health and safety failing which resulted in the loss of the tip of a firearms officer’s trigger finger.

The Health and Safety Executive said the officer was injured by a machine that was used to cut up seized weapons at a force facility in July 2014.

The force pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court, accepting a breach in Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and is expected to be fined.