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Police Pass U.K. Prosecutors File on Mitchell ’Pleb’ Probe

March 28, 2013

Police gave prosecutors a file of evidence about officers accused of misconduct over allegations that a government minister insulted police guarding the U.K. prime minister’s residence.

Three officers have been arrested in the probe that stems from allegations that former Conservative Party Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell called police “plebs” when they refused to let him cycle through the main gate at 10 Downing Street in September. While Mitchell denied he used the term, he resigned from his post a month later as the scandal continued.

A report by Channel 4 News televised on Dec. 18 said a police officer had posed as a member of the public and falsely claimed to have witnessed the events in an e-mail to a lawmaker.

The Metropolitan Police Service in London said in a statement today that seven officers have been given notices that they are being investigated for gross misconduct, including the three that have been arrested.

The MPS said it is investigating the source of media leaks about the case, whether an officer lied about witnessing the incident and whether there was a conspiracy with any other officers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kit Chellel in London at cchellel@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net


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