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Police watchdog to independently investigate police officers involved in 'Plebgate' aftermath

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to indepentently investigate the conduct of three Police Federation representatives, following their meeting with Andrew Mitchell - the MP at the centre of the so-called 'Plebgate' row.

Andrew Mitchell was the Chief Whip when he allegedly called Downing Street police officers 'plebs' Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

They met with the MP at his Sutton Coldfield constituency office in October 2012, weeks after the MP allegedly called police officers at Downing Street 'plebs'.

West Mercia Police previously investigated the conduct of those three representatives from West Mercia, Warwickshire and West Midlands Police Federations, under the supervision of the IPCC.

That investigation found that there was no case to answer for any of the officers involved.

But a High Court ruling on 6 October this year found that there was no proper final report prepared for that supervised investigation, and that the investigation's ruling was invalid.

The IPCC has now confirmed it will re-investigate the case.

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Pc gave 'misleading' statements to Plebgate probe

Pc Gillian Weatherley has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police without notice after she was found guilty of gross misconduct.

Andrew Mitchell arriving for a Cabinet meeting at No 10 Downing Street. Credit: Press Association

She was on duty in Downing Street on the day of the confrontation between then-chief whip Andrew Mitchell and fellow constable Toby Rowland in September 2012.

The next day, Weatherley sent a photograph of an email that Rowland had sent to his bosses about the row to another officer, James Glanville. He was later sacked for leaking the information to the Sun newspaper.

The force said she had given "inaccurate and misleading" statements to officers investigating the aftermath of the row, and had been suspended from duty since her arrest in February last year. Prosecutors have already decided not to press charges.

PC sacked over 'plebgate' scandal

Andrew Mitchell resigned as Chief Whip following the scandal Credit: PA Wire

A police constable has been sacked over leaks to the press linked to the Plebgate row, Scotland Yard said.

Gillian Weatherley was found to have breached standards of professional behaviour in relation to honesty and integrity; orders and instructions; confidentiality; discreditable conduct and challenging and reporting improper conduct in a three-day misconduct hearing.

She was on duty in Downing Street on the day of the confrontation between then-chief whip Andrew Mitchell and fellow constable Toby Rowland in September 2012.

The next day, Gillian Weatherley sent a photograph of an email that Rowland had sent to his bosses about the row to another officer, James Glanville. He was later sacked for leaking the information to the Sun newspaper.

"Plebgate" policeman seeks £200,000 libel damages from Andrew Mitchell

Andrew Mitchell has always denied using the term "plebs" Credit: PA Wire

The policeman at the centre of the Plebgate row is demanding up to £200,000 in compensation from the MP for Sutton Coldfield Andrew Mitchell.

Toby Rowland has filed court papers repeating his claim that Mr Mitchell used the term "plebs" during their confrontation in Downing Street in 2012.

He also argues that the then chief whip, who was forced to resign in the wake of the controversy, changed his story after effectively admitting in a phone call that he had said the disputed words.

The documents have been lodged as part of a libel battle between the MP, the police officer, and The Sun newspaper.

Stating his case in detail for the first time since the incident, Mr Rowland insists Mr Mitchell erupted after being blocked from cycling out of the pedestrian gate to leave the street.

The politician has previously admitted to using "Anglo-Saxon" language, but said he did not swear at police, and denied using the term "plebs".

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Andrew Mitchell attended Pcs' misconduct hearings

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police revealed that Andrew Mitchell attended both misconduct hearings for former Pcs Keith Wallis and James Glanville, as an "interested party".

The Met spokesperson said: "Misconduct hearings are considered a privateprocess. As such, we treat theinformation raised within them as confidential.

Andrew Mitchell. Credit: Press Association.

"This is set out in the statutory regulations governing police misconduct proceedings. However, given the public interest in this investigation the MPS, will publicise the outcomes of the hearings."

Andrew Mitchell, then chief whip, was involved in a heated confrontation with another police officer, Toby Rowland, after he was refused permission to cycle through the main gate of Downing Street on September 19, 2012.

Mr Mitchell, who was accused of calling the officer a ''pleb'', was forced to resign his post following a month of intense media interest in the story.

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Pc jailed over 'plebgate' scandal dismissed by the Met

A police officer who was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to a charge of misconduct in public office over the 'plebgate' scandal has been dismissed by the Metropolitan Police.

Keith Wallis has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police following the 'plebgate' scandal. Credit: Press Association.

Wallis, 53, falsely claimed in an email that he had witnessed an incident in Downing Street involving the former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell and other officers in September 2012.

West Midlands Police boss apologises to Mitchell over 'plebgate'

Mr Mitchell always denied using the word 'plebs' when speaking to officers at the gates of Downing Street Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell has received a formal apology from the Chief Constable of the West Midlands over the involvement of one of his officers in the plebgate affair.

Chris Sims visited Mr Mitchell at his constituency office today.

The apology is the latest from senior police staff. Mr Mitchell has always denied calling Downing Street police officers 'plebs'.

Police Chief set to apologise to Andrew Mitchell

West Midlands Police Chief Constable, Chris Sims Credit: West Midlands Police

The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Chris Sims, is expected to apologise to Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell today, over the role of one of of his officers in the 'Plebgate' affair.

Earlier this month, Mr Mitchell received an apology from Scotland Yard Chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, where they agreed on the importance of 'drawing a line' under the matter.

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