IPCC 'powerless to act' over possible misconduct

A misconduct panel should decide if three police officers gave a false account of a meeting with former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell to discredit him, the police watchdog has said.

But the deputy chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), Deborah Glass, said that as Mr Mitchell has chosen not to make a formal complaint, she is powerless to direct misconduct proceedings.

Andrew Mitchell has chosen not to make a formal complaint.
Andrew Mitchell has chosen not to make a formal complaint. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

The three officers were accused of deliberately misrepresenting what Mr Mitchell said during a meeting in his Sutton Coldfield constituency office on 12th October last year when they gave interviews immediately afterwards.

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