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  • 31 January 2013, 19:05

Plebgate: Police Officer Held Over 'Leaks'

A police officer has been arrested over the alleged leaking of information about the so-called "Plebgate" affair, which led to the resignation of Andrew Mitchell as Chief Whip.

A 46-year-old from the Diplomatic Protection Group (DPG) was held at his workplace in central London on suspicion of misconduct in public office.

Mr Mitchell initially clung on to his job after being accused of calling police "******* plebs" when he was stopped from cycling through Downing Street's main gates.

He eventually quit as Conservative Party Chief Whip after several weeks, but always denied using that language, contradicting the police log of the confrontation.

The arrested officer was not present at the time of the dispute between Mr Mitchell and police outside Downing Street.

Three weeks ago, Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said a file of evidence on the case could be handed to prosecutors by the end of this month.

But Scotland Yard has now said that because of "ongoing developments" no interim report had yet been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Investigators have taken statements from all 800 officers in the DPG as part of the inquiry.

Two other men have been arrested so far.

A 52-year-old PC who is also from the DPG was held on suspicion of misconduct in public office and bailed until a date in February.

A 23-year-old was arrested on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an indictable offence and also released on bail.

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