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Policeman accepts £80,000 damages in 'Plebgate' row

The police officer at the centre of the notorious Downing Street "Plebgate" incident has accepted £80,000 damages in settlement of his libel action against former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.

Andrew Mitchell is the MP for Sutton Coldfield Credit: PA

The conclusion of Pc Toby Rowland's defamation case against the MP for Sutton Coldfield was announced at the High Court in London today.

Last November Mr Mitchell, who vehemently denied using the word "pleb", lost a high-profile action against News Group Newspapers, publishers of the Sun.

A judge then declared he had reached the "firm conclusion" that Mr Mitchell had used the "politically-toxic" word in September 2012 when he was not allowed to cycle through the main Downing Street vehicle gates.

Leaky lock on Grand Union canal under repair

The Midlands is famous for its canals, which are still in use today. But their age means they are often in need of a little bit of TLC.

We have been to one stretch of the Grand Union canal where workers have been repairing a leaky lock.

Hatton Locks is a marvel of engineering which allows canal boats to go uphill - and downhill.

It stretches for two miles and in its day it transported sugar, tea and spices and became known as the Stairway to Heaven.

Mark Gough reports:

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