Boris: 'Common-sensical' for Mitchell to be threatened with arrest

Speaking at the opening of a library at South Ruislip in north west London, Mr Johnson said people could not swear at police and expect to get away with it.

If I read the papers correctly there was a proposal to arrest Mr Mitchell for what he said. That seems to be wholly common-sensical.

The public order act does allow for police officers' discretion in this matter. They've obviously decided not to go ahead with it.

But it shows the gravity of this offence.

– London Mayor Boris Johnson

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Boris: 'Wrong to abuse police'

The London Mayor Boris Johnson has said Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell's apology "underscores how wrong it is to abuse police officers."