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  • 30 April 2014, 13:42

Policewoman Sacked Over 'Plebgate' Row

A policewoman has been sacked after details of the 'Plebgate' row were leaked to the press, Scotland Yard has said.

Gillian Weatherley was found guilty of gross misconduct over her role in the debacle after a three-day hearing.

The Diplomatic Protection Squad member was on duty in Downing Street on the day of the confrontation between former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell and PC Toby Rowland in September 2012.

The row erupted when Mr Mitchell was prevented from cycling through the main gate of Downing Street.

The Tory MP, who was accused of calling the officer a "****ing pleb", ended up resigning over the row.

He has always maintained he never used the word "pleb", although he admits swearing during the altercation.

A day after the confrontation, PC Weatherley sent a photograph of an email between PC Rowland and his bosses to another officer, James Glanville, who then leaked details to a national newspaper.

At her misconduct hearing, she was found to have breached standards of professional behaviour in relation to honesty and integrity.

She was also found to have breached orders and instructions, ignored confidentiality rules, committed discreditable conduct and failed to challenge and report improper conduct.

The officer was suspended from duty following her arrest in February last year.

Prosecutors previously decided not to press charges against PC Weatherley, who was accused by the Metropolitan Police of giving "inaccurate and misleading" statements to officers investigating the row.

In February, PC Glanville and another officer, Keith Wallis, were dismissed from the Met for gross misconduct.

PC Wallis was jailed for a year after he admitted lying about witnessing the incident.

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