Ex-cop on sex charge
A FORMER policeman from Shirley has been accused of indecently assaulting a young girl.
Simon Westwood, an ex-traffic inspector, is due to appear at Solihull Magistrates Court on January 30. The 55-year-old is charged with one count of indecent assault of a girl aged under 14.
He first appeared in connection with the alleged offence on December 5 and the case was adjourned until later this month. Last May, the former inspector was one of 180 West Midlands Police officers forced to take retirement.
Westwood had returned to the police as a special constable but was detained by detectives in August.
West Midlands Police confirmed a 55-year-old had been arrested and charged with an alleged “historical indecency offence against a child”.