Plebgate shows police dishonesty

A Scotland Yard report on the “plebgate” saga shows “industrial levels of dishonesty by police working in Downing Street”, an MP has claimed.

The force has published a series of documents summarising its inquiry into the aftermath of the confrontation, called Operation Alice, which has seen four police officers sacked.

It also released CCTV footage, previously unseen by the public, of the foul-mouthed disagreement between police officer Toby Rowland and then Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell in Downing Street in 2012.

The pair gave contradicting accounts of what was said in a conversation that lasted little over 10 seconds, and was the start of an ongoing dispute between the politician and the police after Mr Mitchell resigned from his post.

Today MP David Davis, a staunch supporter of Mr Mitchell, said: “Although the Operation Alice closing report is a police report into the police, it nevertheless shows industrial levels of dishonesty by police working in Downing Street.

“One police officer has been jailed. Three more police officers have been sacked and a further two police officers have received final written warnings.”

Mr Rowland, who was one of four officers manning the Downing Street gate that night, claimed Mr Mitchell said: ”You should know your f****** place, you don’t run this f****** Government, you’re f****** plebs” after he was refused permission to cycle out.

However, the MP insisted he said: ”I thought you guys were supposed to f****** help us”.

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