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  • 26 February 2014, 19:23

'Plebgate' Row Police Officers Sacked

Two police officers have been sacked over the Andrew Mitchell "Plebgate" row.

Keith Wallis and James Glanville were dismissed from the Metropolitan Police for gross misconduct, Scotland Yard said.

Andrew Mitchell, chief whip at the time, was involved in an argument with another police officer, Toby Rowland, after he was prevented from cycling through the main gate of Downing Street in September 2012.

Mr Mitchell, who was accused of calling the officer a "****ing pleb", ended up resigning over the row.

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

Earlier this month, Wallis was jailed for a year for misconduct in a public office after he admitted lying about witnessing the incident.

In an email to Conservative deputy chief whip John Randall, he claimed to be a constituent who was sightseeing near Downing Street when he saw Mr Mitchell swearing at police officers.

Mr Glanville was arrested in January 2013 on suspicion of the unauthorised disclosure of information to the media.

Although no criminal action was taken, the team tasked with investigating the disclosure of information to the press found evidence Mr Glanville gave details to The Sun.

Operation Alice established he provided the newspaper with a photo of PC Rowland's email about the incident that he sent to his supervisors.

He lied about his actions in statements given to detectives.

During the hearing, the Met's Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne found the pair had breached standards of professional behaviour relating to honesty and integrity, confidentiality, orders and instructions and discreditable conduct.

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