'Plebgate' apology calls

One of the UK's top police officers has called for the three police officers accused of giving misleading accounts of a meeting with former chief whip Andrew Mitchell as the "plebgate" scandal erupted to apologise for their actions.

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'Plebgate' committee 'not a good day for policing'

Andrew Mitchell deserves an apology from the police officers accused of giving a misleading account of a discussion with the former Chief Whip, the head of the Association of Chief Police Officers said.

Sir Hugh Orde told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show:

I watched every moment of the select committee and it was not a good day for policing.

The stark fact is the other three officers should have apologised in the same manner and style as the chief constables did.

– Sir Hugh Orde

Top officer calls for Federation apology over 'plebgate'

One of the UK's top police officers has urged those accused of giving "misleading accounts" of a meeting with Midland MP Andrew Mitchell amid the 'plebgate' scandal to apologise.

The head of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Sir Hugh Orde, said Police Federation representatives Inspector Ken MacKaill, Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton and Sergeant Chris Jones should apologise in the same way as the chief constables representing their forces.

Sir Hugh Orde has called for a Police Federation apology over 'plebgate' Credit: PA

The trio have so far only apologised for "being hasty" in speaking to the media following the October 2012 meeting.

They told journalists that Mr Mitchell had refused to tell them exactly what he said during a confrontation with officers in Downing Street the previous month, during which he was accused of calling them "plebs".

It later emerged that the Tory MP, who represents Sutton Coldfield, had recorded the 45-minute meeting and the three were later accused of giving a misleading account of what happened.

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