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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.

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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.

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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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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".

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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

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Former Wolves goalkeeper Malcolm Finlayson dies aged 84

Malcolm Finlayson Credit: S&G/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport/PA

Former Wolves goalkeeper Malcolm Finlayson has died at the age of 84.

He was suddenly taken ill and passed away yesterday afternoon in Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley.

Malcolm won league titles with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1958 and 1959, and also won the FA Cup in 1960. He made 203 appearances in all competitions for Wolves.

(L-R) Wolverhampton Wanderers' Peter Broadbent, Gerry Mannion and Malcolm Finlayson show off the FA Cup Credit: PA

“Everyone at the Club was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Malcolm’s death.

Not only was he a member of the Wolves Hall of Fame and a legendary former player, but he remained part of the fabric of the Club becoming Chairman, and then recently, President, of the Wolves Former Players Association, working tirelessly on behalf of former players for a number of years.

Our deepest condolences got to Malcolm’s partner, Angela, his daughter, Sandra and her husband, Mel, and all his family and friends.”

– Jez Moxey, Chief Executive, Wolves
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Fans and clubs pay respects to batsman Hughes

A wreath left outside Lord's, accompanied by the famous Australian baggy green hat. Credit: PA

Tributes have flooded in for Australia batsman Phil Hughes, who died on Thursday.

Flowers were left outside Lord's cricket ground throughout the day in memory of the left-hander.

A message left on a bunch of flowers in memory of Phil Hughes outside Lord's. Credit: PA

Nottinghamshire County Cricket paid their respects by putting an image of the former Worcestershire and Middlesex batsman on the big screen at their Trent Bridge ground.

Nottinghamshire displayed a photo of Hughes on their big screen. Credit: PA
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Judge: PC lacked the 'wit' to make up 'Plebgate' claim

The police officer in the Plebgate incident lacked the "wit, imagination or inclination" to make up the exchange with Andrew Mitchell, Mr Justice Mitting has said.

The judge's ruling rejected the allegation there was collusion by the officers on the Downing Street gate following the row with the then-chief whip.

Andrew Mitchell's 27-year career in politics suffered a huge blow when the Plebgate claims emerged. Credit: PA

Mr Justice Mitting said PC Rowland was "not the sort of man who would have had the wit, imagination or inclination to invent on the spur of the moment an account of what a senior politician had said to him in temper".

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Mitchell 'grim-faced' as 'Plebgate' verdict was delivered

Andrew Mitchell looked "grim-faced" throughout the verdict as he learned he had lost his 'Plebgate' libel action, ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen has tweeted.

PC Toby Rowland claimed statements made Mr Mitchell from December 2012 onwards falsely suggested he had fabricated his allegations.

Mr Mitchell had denied saying: "Best you learn your f****** place - you don't run this f****** government - you're f****** plebs."

He said he would never call a policeman a pleb "let alone a f****** pleb" - although he agreed he muttered audibly under his breath 'I thought you lot were supposed to f****** help us' - but not at the officer.

The 58-year-old MP for Sutton Coldfield resigned as whip a month after the altercation.

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