'A senior counter terrorism police officer should be sacked for losing top secret documents that were stolen from the boot of his car, a disciplinary hearing has said.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, of West Midlands Police, was on Tuesday found guilty of gross misconduct for leaving the papers unattended for days.
ACC Beale, 54, left the documents in a briefcase in his car boot for five days, in which time he went to the pub, went for a weekend away with his wife - leaving the car parked at a train station - and went supermarket shopping.
He only discovered the case was missing when he stopped at Warwick Services on May 15 2017 while on the way to Oxford.
The briefcase, containing four documents, included minutes from a high-level counter-terror meeting, counter-terrorism local profiles, details of regular organised crime and highly sensitive information about a high-profile investigation.
The impact of the loss could have been “catastrophic” a hearing at force headquarters heard.
Corinna Ferguson, chair of the panel, said: “We have decided to recommend dismissal is the appropriate outcome.
“It is the necessary sanction for what we regard as a serious breach of protocol in relation to top secret and secret material.'
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