A POLICE special constable has been charged with stealing CS gas from a cop shop, and with posing as a real inspector to threaten a motorist with prosecution.Jeanette Oldham Jan 8
Ian Atterbury, 26, was a special constable with West Midlands Police and was based at Walsall and also at the Motorway Unit.
But he is now set to appear in court charged with five offences including theft of CS gas and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Mr Atterbury, of Walsall, was arrested at the end of last year, and first appeared at Leamington magistrates court on December 23.
He is due to attend a plea and case management hearing at Warwick Crown Court in April. He will have an opportunity to enter a plea then.
The special has been charged with five offences including one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice contrary to Section 1 of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981.
He is also charged with two counts of dangerous driving, in breach of Section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, one count of theft contrary to the Theft Act 1968 and a separate charge of possession of a prohibited weapon, under the Firearms Act 1968.
It is understood that the charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice centres around allegations that Mr Atterbury threatened a motorist with prosecution for speeding while the special made his way to the scene of a suspected robbery.
It is alleged he was wearing a uniform bearing inspector’s stripes on the shoulder badge during the incident on August 11 last year.
The dangerous driving allegations are said to relate to claims that the special drove a police vehicle with an activated siren and blue lights on various roads, also on August 11.