Fourth officer arrested in Andrew Mitchell ‘plebgate’ row

16:03 01 February 2013

Andrew Mitchell resigned as Tory Chief Whip. Picture: David Jones/PA Wire

Andrew Mitchell resigned as Tory Chief Whip. Picture: David Jones/PA Wire

A female police officer has been arrested in connection with the leaking of information to the press over the Andrew Mitchell ‘plebgate’ affair.

The 46-year-old constable, part of the diplomatic protection group, was detained at her workplace in central London this afternoon on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.

It follows yesterday’s arrest of a male police constable, also 46, in relation to the same incident, which allegedly took place in Downing Street in September last year. He has been suspended and bailed to return on a date in March.

The Metropolitan Police said the suspect today was present at the time of the alleged row. She was taken to a central London police station where she remains in custody.

Mr Mitchell was accused of abusing officers, using the word ‘plebs’, after they refused to let him pass through the main gates - an allegation he strongly denies.

CCTV footage and further evidence later came to light which cast doubt on the version of events that was widely reported in the press.

Two other people, a 52-year-old PC, and a 23-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the inquiry and are currently on police bail.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Pictured: not the perfect crime [Photograph by Flixtey/Wikimedia Commons]

An Ilford man has escaped jail after he tried to rob a bookmakers with a tin of fish.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Chun Man Ho has now been convicted of six different sex offences [Photograph from British Transport Police]

An Edgware man has been jailed after he molested a 15-year-old boy on a crowded District Line train.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
British Transport Police would like to speak to woman pictured (Pic: Youtube/Channel Mix)

A woman has been secretly filmed hurling abuse at fellow commuters on the district line.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Homocide and Major Crime Command unit are investigating

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman’s body was found in a flat in Romily Court off Landridge Road.

Monday, March 30, 2015
The hunt is on to find the three knifemen

A cyclist was the victim of a horrific unprovoked attack when he was stabbed five times by a trio of thugs - but still managed to get back on his bike and keep riding.

Monday, March 30, 2015
British Transport Police would like to speak to this woman pictured in the station on CCTV (Pic: British Transport Police)

Police are appealing for information after a deaf homeless woman was physically assaulted at Wanstead tube station over the weekend.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Vroom! You could be emmersed in the action at the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship fires into Brands Hatch on 17/18/19 April for one of the most anticipated seasons in recent years as 39 riders are set for two fierce contests on the 1.2 mile Indy circuit.

Read more