'Plebgate' probe showed there 'was a case to answer'

An investigation by West Mercia Police initially concluded that Police Federation representatives had a case to answer for misconduct over claims they made about a meeting with former chief whip Andrew Mitchell, it has emerged.

A letter to police chiefs from IPCC deputy chair Deborah Glass highlights that the inquiry findings changed between the draft report and the final version.

Glass yesterday publicly called for a misconduct panel to decide if three police officers gave a false account of discussions they had with the Tory MP at the height of the so-called "plebgate" furore.

In an email, sent today, Ms Glass wrote: "I note that in the first draft submitted to the IPCC in July, the senior investigating officer did in fact conclude there was a case to answer for misconduct, although their final report, submitted in August did not."

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Plebgate meeting cops apology

West Midlands Police officers have said that they "did not plan to mislead anyone" over a meeting they held with Andrew Mitchell over claims he abused police. They also apologised for talking to the media after the meeting.