West Midlands police and the British Security Industry Association have reached a compromise on the force's controversial policy of declining to attend uncorroborated alarm calls.

The BSIA suspended its legal campaign against the police force when it agreed after talks on Thursday to refer the matter to the Association of Chief Police Officers.

ACPO's national policy on response times for attending burglar alarm calls at business premises is set to be unveiled in October.

BSIA earlier won permission from the high court to challenge West Midlands police when last June, it unilaterally downgraded its response to alarm calls that were not confirmed by a secondary source.