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  • 27 April 2014, 14:54

Andrew Mitchell Being Sued By 'Plebgate' PC

The policeman at the centre of the "Plebgate" row is seeking libel damages of up 200,000 from former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.

PC Toby Rowland has filed court papers repeating his claim Mr Mitchell used the term "plebs" during a dispute at the gates of Downing Street in 2012.

He also claims that when Mr Mitchell called him to apologise following the confrontation, there was the "clear implication he admitted using the said words" during the conversation.

The Tory MP has always maintained he never used the word "pleb", but admits swearing during the altercation.

Mr Mitchell ended up resigning over the row.

As well as demanding "aggravated damages for slander", PC Rowland has also asked for an injunction to "restrain" Mr Mitchell, and those acting on his behalf, from repeating the claim his version of the exchange was fabricated.

The court documents were revealed in the Mail on Sunday.

Standing by his account of the altercation, Mr Rowland insisted Mr Mitchell erupted after being blocked from cycling out of the street through the main gate.

Mr Mitchell is suing The Sun newspaper which printed the original claims.

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