'Plebgate' cops MPs appearance

Two Police Federation officers who met Andrew Mitchell in the wake of the 'plebgate' incident have apologised for distress caused in the wake of the original incident but would not apologise over claims they gave misleading accounts of the meeting.

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New IPCC 'plebgate' investigation launched

Chairwoman of police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) Dame Anne Owers said it will hold its own investigation into the claims that the two officers gave "misleading" evidence to the committee.

She said that both the IPCC inquiry into the original Sutton Coldfield dispute, and the latest claims over evidence, should be finished by Christmas.

We are going to wrap all of this up together. The question of what the officers did or didn't say in front of this committee is a relatively simple matter to deal with.

We anticipate that we will be able to complete both investigations this side of Christmas.


'Plebgate' officer had 13 disciplinary proceedings

Sgt Chris Jones was forced to reveal that 13 complaints had been made against him during his 28-year service, with none resulting in any misconduct proceedings.

The issue arose as the committee was questioning Sgt Jones for the second time after he failed to mention any disciplinary proceedings during his first appearance.

Sgt Jones also told the Home Affairs Select Committee that he did not feel responsible for any distress Andrew Mitchell or his family had been subjected to in the wake of the 'plebgate' scandal.

Plebgate officer apologises for 'inadvertent inaccuracies'

Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton apologised to the Home Secretary Theresa May

A Police officer involved in the so-called plebgate row has apologised to MPs for "inadvertent inaccuracies" in his last appearance at home select committee.

He said there was no intention to mislead the committee.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton also apologised to the Home Secretary Theresa May for referring to her as "this woman" during the previous hearing.

Vaz: Today a 'big opportunity' for plebgate officers

Today is a "big opportunity" for two officers involved in the plebgate row to set the record straight, according to the chairman of the home affairs select committee Keith Vaz.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton and Sergeant Chris Jones will appear before the committee for the second time in as many weeks, after the committee found their evidence to be "misleading".

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Select Committee, said today represents a 'big opportunity' for the plebgate officers. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Vaz told BBC Breakfast: "I'm sorry to say that in a number of respects they have given evidence that was not strictly accurate, so this is their big opportunity today to come before the committee and to explain why that happened and to correct the record."

The chairman admitted he was frustrated with the time and cost of the inquiry: "I think we're getting near the end but I share your frustration and that of the viewers that this has taken so long and cost so much money - almost a third of a million pounds - and involved so many police officers."

The MP concluded that it was in the best interests of the taxpayer, Andrew Mitchell and the police officers involved that the saga be brought to a close.


Plebgate officers set to be hauled before MPs

Two police officers engulfed in the plebgate row are set to be hauled before MPs today to apologise for giving "misleading" evidence.

Police Federation representatives Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton and Sergeant Chris Jones will appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee for the second time in as many weeks.

Chris Jones (left), West Midlands Police Federation, and Stuart Hinton (right), Warwickshire Police Federation, are due before MPs today. Credit: PA Wire

Along with Inspector Ken MacKaill, the two officers were accused of attempting to discredit former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell after meeting him in October last year.

After taking evidence from the three officers on October 23, the committee published a report, which found their evidence was "possibly deliberately" misleading, lacked credibility and was contradictory.

Detective Sergeant Hinton was heavily criticised by MPs for referring to Home Secretary Theresa May as ''that woman'' before claiming he was misquoted.

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