Police officers ‘further bailed’ in Met Plebgate probe

16:12 24 September 2013

Eight people including five police officers have been “further bailed” following their arrests as part of an investigation into the Plebgate affair, Scotland Yard said today.

Police said four men and four women have bailed until a date in late October in connection with Operation Alice, the Metropolitan Police probe into the incident which forced the resignation of ex-Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell.

Those “further bailed” are:

• A 52-year-old male Pc in the Diplomatic Protection Group arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office on 15 December 2012. Police said he was not on duty at the time of the incident and remains suspended from duty.

• A 23-year-old man arrested on 19 December 2012. Police said he is not an officer nor a member of police staff.

• A 46-year-old male Pc in the Diplomatic Protection Group arrested on 31 January 2013 on suspicion of the unauthorised disclosure of information to the media. This officer was not said to be present during the incident but was on duty. He remains suspended.

• A 46-year-old female Pc in the Diplomatic Protection Group arrested on 1 February 2013 in connection with the unauthorised disclosure of information to the media. This officer was present at Downing Street during the incident and remains suspended from duty.

• A 48-year-old male Pc in the Diplomatic Protection Group arrested on 15 June. This officer was not one of the officers present during the incident in Downing Street in September 2012 but was on duty. He also remains suspended from duty.

• A 49-year-old woman arrested on June 15 on suspicion of assisting an offender. She is not a police officer nor a member of police staff.

• A 37-year-old woman serving Pc in the Diplomatic Protection Group arrested at her place of work, on suspicion of misconduct in a public office. She was not present during the incident but was on duty. She remains suspended from duty.

• A 46-year-old woman arrested at her place of work, on suspicion of assisting the commission of an offence of misconduct in a public office. She is not a police officer nor a member of police staff.

The plebgate row ignited when Mr Mitchell was accused of launching a foul-mouthed rant at officers guarding Downing Street as he asked to cycle through the main gates on September 19 last year.

Pressure intensified after the Daily Telegraph published a police log of the incident, which claimed he called officers “plebs” and swore at them repeatedly for making him walk through a side gate.

He insisted he did not use the words attributed to him, and later said he was the victim of a deliberate attempt to “toxify” the Tories and ruin his career.

A subsequent Channel 4 investigation cast doubt on the officers’ account when it revealed CCTV footage which showed there was not a large group of tourists outside the main gate at the time as had originally been claimed.

An email from a civilian witness backing up the police account of events has also since been called into question.

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