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Man arrested over Andrew Mitchell 'plebgate' incident

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the Andrew Mitchell "plebgate" investigation, Scotland Yard said.

The man, who is not a member of police staff, has been released on bail.

Officers investigating the circumstances surrounding a police officer's claim to have witnessed an incident in Downing Street in September 2012 have arrested a man on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an indictable offence on or around 14 December 2012.

The 23-year-old was arrested at his home address at 20:00hrs last night, Wednesday, 19 December and questioned at a London police station. He was released on bail this morning, Thursday, 20 December, to return on a date in January 2013.

The 23-year-old - who is the second man to be arrested - is not a police officer or member of police staff.

– Scotland Yard