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IPCC to investigate 'plebgate' claims

IPCC to investigate 'plebgate' claims

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to investigate claims that an officer saw Andrew Mitchell call Downing Street officers 'plebs'.

Mr Mitchell resigned as Chief Whip over the confrontation, which received sustained media coverage.

Earlier today he said the contents of the alleged police log of his altercation with police were "false".

The ex-Chief Whip was speaking to ITV News this morning after a police constable was arrested by officers investigating the leak of information about his alleged rant at the gates of Downing Street.

"I'd just like to re-iterate once again that it is the contents of the alleged police log which are false. They are false and I want to make that very clear."

An officer with the diplomatic protection group was arrested late on Saturday and bailed on Sunday to return next month.

The arrest has been criticised by both the Metropolitan Police Federation, as well as Labour MP John Mann, who tweeted the officer should "congratulated not hounded".

A Metropolitan Police statement last night confirmed the officer was not on duty at the time of the incident, when Mr Mitchell reportedly referred to the police as 'plebs'.

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