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Fresh allegations in 'Plebgate' affair

Scotland Yard has said it will not release information heard in gross misconduct hearings against officers involved in the so-called Plebgate affair, despite a request from Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell.

According to reports tonight, Mr Mitchell's letter reveals that one of the female officers boasted to a friend that she could "take down the Tory government" over the incident, which involved a dispute over whether he could cycle through the main gates of Downing Street.

The woman also allegedly texted "the Fed need our help" - thought to potentially be a reference to a dispute between the Police Federation and the government.

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell requested full disclosure of information Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA

Three officers have already been dismissed over the incident, with two more facing ongoing proceedings.

The Metropolitan Police Service says it will release a full report in due course - but won't be commenting on Mr Mitchell's request.

A statement from the force confirmed officers had received a letter from Mr Mitchell, adding:

Statutory regulations govern police misconduct proceedings and state they are considered a private process.

As such the information raised at misconduct hearings is treated as confidential. However, the MPS has already stated publicly that a report detailing the Operation Alice investigation will be published in due course.

We also intend to publish the summary reports from the chair of the gross misconduct boards.

Mr Mitchell is aware that we will inform him in advance of publication what will be released, and when.

There are still outstanding gross misconduct hearings. To ensure that these important hearings are not jeopardised through abuse of process, we will not comment any further until they have concluded.

The Belfry to reopen after £26m refurbishment

After a £26 million refurbishment, The Belfry Golf Course in Sutton Coldfield is being officially reopened today.

The Belfry Golf Course in Sutton Coldfield has undergone a £26m revamp Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Millions of pounds have been spent revamping all the bedrooms and meeting rooms at the hotel, while the restaurant and the Brabazon Bar have had a facelift.

Ryder Cup legend Bernard Gallacher is expected to attend the grand reopening, as the Belfry was the scene of one of his greatest triumphs.


"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".

Premier League stars support Petrov match

Petrov retired from professional football after a battle with cancer Credit: PA

A host of Premier League stars will play for Bulgaria in a charity football match today to raise money for Stilliyan Petrov's charity.

The former Aston Villa skipper was forced to retire from professional football after a battle with leukaemia.

Petrov will line up with the likes of Julian Joachin and Alan Wright, while Steve Staunton, Bryan Small and European Cup-winning aces Ken McNaught, are expected to turn out for their opponents.

Kick off is a 2pm in at the Trevor Brown Memorial Stadium, Boldmere.

Petrov to play football again

Petrov was forced to retire from professional football after being diagnosed with leukaemia Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Former Aston Villa captain Stilliyan Petrov will line up alongside a host of ex-Villa stars in a charity match in Sutton Coldfield today.

The match is taking place at the Trevor Brown Memorial Stadium in Boldmere at 2pm in aid of the former skipper's new foundation.

Petrov was forced to retire from professional football following a battle with leukaemia.

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'.

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