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'Plebgate' PC: 'Pain' of High Court case 'indescribable'

The police officer at the centre of the Plebgate row has said the "pain" of going through the courts "has been indescribable" after a judge found in his favour over Andrew Mitchell.

Speaking outside the High Court, PC Toby Rowland said he had "huge regret" that "what happened at the gates of Downing Street more than two years ago ended up here".

PC Toby Rowland pointed out he had already been cleared of wrongdoing in the Plebgate incident by four investigations, including a criminal one. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

He said he and his team had tried "everything possible" to avoid court action.

"I am delighted that here again my innocence, integrity and reputation as a police officer has been recognised," he added.

PC Rowland also called for a "line to be drawn" over the incident.

Sources: Mitchell's failed libel battle to cost him £3m

The overall costs of Andrew Mitchell's failed 'Plebgate' libel battle have been put at £3 million, court sources have told the Press Association.

Andrew Mitchell had sued News Group Newspapers in an attempt to clear his name over his conduct in the 'Plebgate' incident. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

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Brazilian football legend Pele 'in intensive care'

Pele has been in and out of hospital recently. Credit: PA

Brazilian football legend Pele is reportedly in intensive care at a hospital in Sao Paulo.

Pele was admitted for a urinary tract infection and has since undergone surgery to remove kidney stones, but his condition is now worsening, according to reports.

A statement released to Brazilian press stated: "The Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein said that the Edson Arantes do Nascimento patient ( Pele ) was admitted with clinical instability.

"To receive the best care, he was transferred to be monitored in a special care unit."

Mitchell 'bitterly disappointed' after 'miserable two years'

Former Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell has said he is "bitterly disappointed" to have lost his High Court libel action over the "Plebgate" incident.

Andrew Mitchell was surrounded by his family and friends as he delivered his brief statement outside the High Court.

Speaking outside the High Court, Mr Mitchell said the verdict came after a "miserable two years".

The MP, who has been ordered to pay interim costs of £300,000, said he now wanted to "bring this matter to a close and and get on with our lives".

After the ruling PC Toby Rowland said he hoped a "line can be drawn and everyone can be left in peace".

Andrew Mitchell ordered to pay £300,000 interim costs

Former Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell has been ordered to pay interim costs of £300,000 after he lost his High Court libel action over the "Plebgate" incident.

Former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell MP arrived at the High Court in London with his wife Dr Sharon Bennett. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Police Federation 'pleased' with 'Plebgate' verdict

The Police Federation of England and Wales has said it is "pleased" Mr Justice Mitting has ruled in PC Toby Rowland's favour after Andrew Mitchell lost his High Court libel action over the "Plebgate incident".

Toby's name has been cleared and his integrity restored. Toby has conducted himself with dignity and professionalism in relation to this incident and subsequent inquiries and legal cases.

It is important that this incident is now brought to a close to allow Toby and his family to look to the future.

– Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales

PC Rowland sued Andrew Mitchell for libel over statements accusing him of fabricating the alleged verbal abuse at Downing Street in 2012.

Former government chief whip Mitchell lost his libel action against News Group Newspapers over The Sun's reporting of the "Plebgate" incident.

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MP: Mitchell's personal tragedy due to lack of humility

Andrew Mitchell would have avoided the personally and financially devastating verdict in his High Court libel action if he had shown a "scintilla of humility", his fellow Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has tweeted.

'Weapon' found near scene of double murder

A weapon has been found near the scene of a double murder in Surrey, investigating officers have said.

Forensic examinations are now being carried out on the weapon to establish whether it is connected to the stabbing of victims Gillian and Patrick Kettyle.

In a press conference this afternoon, senior officers confirmed suspect Viktoras Bruzas was known to victims, and said the exact nature of their relationship was one of the matters under investigation.

The house in Surrey where Gillian and Patrick Kettyle were found stabbed to death Credit: PA

A manhunt has now been launched to track down Bruzas, who is believed to have been driving a black Mercedes with the registration AU11 WJY

Det Supt Nick May, head of the Surrey and Sussex major crime team, also confirmed that another family member was in the house at the time and was unharmed in the incident. They were the one who called 999.

A man in his 30s was arrested in Walton-on-Thames this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, and has now been bailed.

Anyone who spots Bruzas or believes they know where he is is urged to call police immediately. People are warned not to approach him.

PC's lawyer: Mitchell attacks had 'devastating effect'

The lawyer for Plebgate PC claimed Andrew Mitchell was a "Jekyll and Hyde" character who displayed a foul temper and used foul language when at his most angry.

Desmond Browne QC also said media attacks on his client, PC Toby Rowland, had a "devastating effect", ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen has tweeted:

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