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'Plebgate' probe defended

The senior civil servant who carried out an investigation for Prime Minister David Cameron into allegations that his Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell swore at police insisted that he did a "competent" job and came to the right conclusion.

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IPCC to oversee 'Plebgate' investigation into officer's claim

The Independent Police Complaints Commission will oversee an investigation into the alleged leaking of information surrounding the Andrew Mitchell "plebgate" row.

The IPCC said it had decided to supervise part of the Met's investigation - surrounding the "validity" of a serving officer's claim to have seen the incident on the 19 September.

A statement said:

The investigation is considering the validity of the officer's claim, which is understood to have been made to a Member of Parliament in a private capacity.

The investigation is linked to enquiries by the MPS into how internal MPS information was obtained by national newspapers following the incident.

The IPCC received a referral from the MPS today and following an assessment of the available information, a decision was made to supervise the matter.

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