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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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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

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