No apology from 'Plebgate' meeting officers

Three police officers who have been accused of giving a misleading account of a meeting with former chief whip Andrew Mitchell have defended their actions to MPs.

Police Federation representatives Inspector Ken MacKaill, Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton and Sergeant Chris Jones apologised only for their haste in speaking to the media straight after the meeting in October last year.

They told journalists Mr Mitchell refused to tell them exactly what he said during a foul-mouthed confrontation with officers in Downing Street the previous month.

But they were later accused of misleading the public over the account of the 45-minute meeting, which was recorded by the politician.