Met Police officer jailed for 12 months over 'plebgate' affair

A Metropolitan Police officer has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of misconduct in public office over the "plebgate" scandal.

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'If it can happen to a Minister it can happen to anyone'

Speaking after Pc Keith Wallis was jailed for 12 months for lying about witnessing the incident, Andrew Mitchell warned "this can happen to anyone."

Andrew Mitchell said the 'whole sorry affair has been immensely damaging to everyone involved' Credit: PA

"After nearly a year and a half my family and I are grateful to the IPCC for their statement issued today," Mr Mitchell said. "We are also very grateful to Channel 4 Dispatches for their role in exposing what happened. This whole sorry affair has been immensely damaging to everyone involved."

He added: "But above all it serves as a warning that if this can happen to a Cabinet Minister it can happen to anyone in Britain today."

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