Former policeman to stand trial over sexual abuse of young girl

By Chris Willmott 16/04 Updated: 16/04 10:59

A FORMER West Midlands Police traffic inspector is to stand trial later this year accused of sexually abusing a young girl while he was still in the force.

Simon Westwood (55) now of Berryfields, Aldridge, Walsall, pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to indecently assaulting the girl in the late 90’s.

It is alleged that Westwood, who previously lived in Shirley, Solihull, touched the girl, who was aged under 14 at the time.

Westwood had been with the West Midlands force for 34 years, rising to the rank of inspector in the motorway police section, before being forced to retire last year.

He was one of a number of officers who were made to retire because they had more than 30 years’ service.

But within two months he was back working with the Central Motorway Police Group as an unpaid special constable – until his arrest in August by officers from the force’s Public Protection department.

Westwood’s case was adjourned for trial, which is not expected to take place until late September, and he was granted bail by Judge Marten Coates.

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