– West Midlands Chief Constable Chris Sims
The IPCC have now decided they do, after all, have the authority to launch a new inquiry. As I made clear at the very beginning of this process this investigation should always have been run by the IPCC.
The report suggests West Midlands Police put pressure on West Mercia Police to release the report before it was sent to the IPCC.
The conclusions of the report suggest the motive may have been because ACC Cann may have been seeking to improperly access the report and seek to change its conclusions. This is a serious inference to draw and I completely refute it.
Officers accused of giving misleading accounts of a meeting with Andrew Mitchell are facing a new investigation by the IPCC, and are to be brought back before a committee to apologise to MPs.