15 Jun 2013

New arrests in ‘plebgate’ investigation

A diplomatic protection group police officer is arrested in connection with the Andrew Mitchell “plebgate” affair following fresh information.

A diplomatic protection group police officer outside scene of the alleged incident

The 48-year-old police constable was held on suspicion of misconduct in a public office this morning as part of Operation Alice, the investigation into whether officers lied about a dispute which led to the Tory MP being forced to quit the cabinet.

A 49-year-old woman – who is not a police officers – was arrested at a separate address on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The arrested policeman is one of four officers previously issued with a Regulation 15 notice, served following an alleged breach of standards of professional behaviour.


He has been on restricted duties and is expected to be suspended later on Saturday.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “On June 4, officers working on Operation Alice received fresh information regarding the investigation.

“As a result of this information and subsequent investigations, the Directorate of Professional Standards has arrested two people, a man and a woman, at two residential addresses, this morning.”


They were taken to separate police stations – one in London and the other outside the capital – and remain in custody.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which supervises the investigation, has been informed.

Mr Mitchell quit as chief whip after it was claimed that he swore at police officers and called them “plebs” when they refused to let him leave Downing Street on his bike via the main gate in September last year.

But a subsequent Channel 4 investigation cast doubt on that account when it revealed CCTV footage which showed there was not a large group of tourists outside the main gate at the time as had originally been claimed.

An email from a civilian witness backing up the police account of events has also been called into question.

Six people have now been arrested as part of the investigation.