Police to hand 'plebgate' case to CPS by end of month

Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe told MPs at the Home Affairs Select Committee that the police officer arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into the "plebgate" row would answer bail on January 31, whilst his relative would answer bail on January 16.

He said a case would be handed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) by the end of the month, and that the inquiry set out to investigate the "circumstances surrounding the police officer's claims to witnessing the incident on Downing Street" and establish if there was evidence of "conspiracy".

We expect we may be able to share a report with the CPS by the end of this month. A matter of weeks before we do as much as we can."

– Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

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