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'Plebgate' PC seeks £200k damages

The police officer at the centre of the "plebgate" row is seeking damages from former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell of up to £200,000.

PC Toby Rowland is suing Mr Mitchell for suggesting the officer was not telling the truth about the dispute at the gates of Downing Street in 2012.

Mr Mitchell was accused of swearing at police and calling them 'plebs'.

The Conservative MP denies the allegations but resigned as chief whip in the wake of the controversy.

High Court documents show that lawyers for PC Rowland justify the claim on the grounds that his reputation has been damaged by Mr Mitchell's remarks and he suffered "great distress, humiliation and upset".

New evidence 'delays investigation into plebgate'

Boris Johnson said the police inquiry, which has lasted for more than a year, had taken a long time because new evidence emerged.

This is something that has been going on for an unconscionably long time. The difficulty seems to be - and obviously this is something about which I have asked the police, it's difficult for them to tell me too much and they have to be very guarded in what they can say because the inquiries are still going on - the trouble seems to be... that new testimony keeps emerging.

– Boris Johnson, Speaking to LBC


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Police officer and woman bailed in 'plebgate' probe

A diplomatic protection group police officer and a 49-year-old woman have been bailed following their arrests over the "plebgate" affair, Scotland Yard said.

File photo of Andrew Mitchell riding his bike. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The pair were held yesterday as part of Operation Alice, the investigation into whether officers lied about a dispute which led to the Tory MP Andrew Mitchell being forced to quit the Cabinet.

The police constable was released from custody today after being questioned on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.

"Hardworking bike seeks home out of limelight"

The eBay listing for the bike

The listing for the bike describes the item for sale as:

"A sturdy bike with blue frame, this men's Reflex Westminster has been a regular commuter to and from the House of Commons over the years with numerous journeys to the Department for International Development & Number 10 Downing Street.

Complete with front basket, lights, horn, gears, pannier rack and mud guards, this hard working two-wheeler, still in perfect working order, is now looking for a good home out of the limelight for its retirement years.

This is a seven year old Hybrid bike offering stability, comfort and ease of use, making it perfect for new cyclists, casual riders and especially urban commuters."


Bids of over £2000 for AIDS charity

Andrew Mitchell's bike will raise money for AIDS charity Nyumbani UK

The bike of former chief whip Andrew Mitchell, which was at the centre of the "plebgate" row, is now for sale on eBay.

Mr Mitchell was riding the seven-year-old bike when police officers refused to let him leave Downing Street via the main gate last September. It was claimed at the time that Mr Mitchell swore at the officers and called them "plebs".

Mr Mitchell denies the allegation and was forced to resign after a series of damaging headlines. He has now put his "hard-working" Reflux Westminster for sale on eBay, wishing to give it a "good home out of the limelight".

All the proceeds from the sale will go to the charity Nyumbani UK, which helps HIV and AIDS affected children in Kenya.

The 18 speed bike with a basket has so far received 18 bids totalling more than £2000.

Mitchell hits out at Met Police

Ex-cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell has launched an attack on Scotland Yard, over the apparent leaking of its report into the 'Plebgate' affair.

The Senior Tory MP has lodged a formal complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, accusing the Metropolitan Police of trying to "destroy" his career. Glen Goodman reports.

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Scotland Yard look into potential Plebgate leaks

Andrew Mitchell claims police officers have lied over the 'Plebgate' incident. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Scotland Yard is investigating how the Sun and the Daily Telegraph got hold of information about “Plebgate” and whether there was a leak from police.

Andrew Mitchell’s claims that police lied in the log of the event and a police officer's claim to have witnessed the altercation are also being looked into by Scotland Yard.

Three officers have so far been arrested as part of the investigation.

Papers related to the case were passed to prosecutors on Thursday.

A number of newspapers have reported that the file does not contain evidence that officers lied about an altercation with Mitchell in Downing Street.

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Mitchell tells IPCC: ‘Deeply dismayed’ at Met Police

Andrew Mitchell, who has made a former complaint against Scotland Yard over the alleged leaking of its “Plebgate” report, has strongly criticised the Met’s handling of the situation.

In a letter to IPCC deputy chairman Deborah Glass, he wrote:

We are deeply dismayed that the Metropolitan Police appear to have leaked part of their Report prepared for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to certain members of the Press and spun it to the advantage of the Police officers involved.

This was an Enquiry into a dishonest and illicit attempt to blacken my name and destroy my career. It would appear that this police enquiry continues precisely that process.

– Andrew Mitchell
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