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Mitchell 'vilified relentlessly' following 'plebgate'

Speaking to reporters to condemn the police and CPS investigation into the "plebgate scandal" that cost Andrew Mitchell his job, he described in detail the devastating personal impact the scandal had on him and those close to him.

My reputation was destroyed, I was vilified relentlessly, with over 800 hate emails received over the course of that first week.

I and my family were driven from our home, with as many as 20 journalists and photographers camped outside. My children were followed by the press, my 92-year-old mother-in-law was pursued in Swansea, I was spat at on the street.

I lost my job, after a career spanning more than 25 years in parliament, serving my constituents, my party and my country.

What does all this say about our police and about basic fairness and decency in our society today?