Police constable arrested over ‘plebgate’ incident

17:34 31 January 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 police officer has been arrested in connection with the Andrew Mitchell Downing Street ‘plebgate’ row.

The 46-year-old male constable, based in the diplomatic protection group, was detained on suspicion of misconduct in a public office at his workplace in central London.

The Met Police said he was arrested on suspicion of the unauthorised disclosure of information to the media.

He was taken to a London police station where he remains in custody. He was not one of those present during the alleged incident in September last year.

Conservative MP Mr Mitchell was alleged to have abused officers while leaving the Downing Street gates in an incident leaked to the press. He strongly denied the allegations but was forced to resign as Chief Whip.

CCTV footage and further evidence later came to light which cast doubt on the original allegations.

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.

The IPCC, which is supervising the investigation, has been informed of today’s arrest.

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