IPCC announces that two fed officers will now be investigated for their evidence before the Home Affairs Select Committee on October 23.
Two Federation representatives are to be investigated independently by the watchdog over whether they deliberately misled a parliamentary committee, it has emerged.
Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton (pictured), of Warwickshire Police, and Sergeant Chris Jones, of West Midlands Police, will face a probe by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over their Home Affairs Select Committee appearance on October 23.
Chair Dame Anne Owers told the Committee on November 5 that the officersâ€™ forces had voluntarily referred them for investigation.
The move follows a report by MPs, which asserted the pair had misled MPs in their evidence.
The two officers, alongside West Mercia Inspector Ken MacKaill, are already facing a fresh and independent IPCC investigation into allegations that they misrepresented a meeting with former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell in Sutton Coldfield last year.
Dame Anne said: â€œWe anticipate we will complete both investigations this side of Christmas.â€
Turning to the evidence probe she added: â€œI believe the matters of issue are fairly simple to determine.â€
The evidence allegations were put to the two officers on November 5 when they appeared before MPs.
Detective Sergeant Hinton was accused of misleading the Committee after he failed to acknowledge that he had referred to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, as â€œthis woman that the Conservative Party haveâ€. He had made the comment during the meeting with Mr Mitchell but called it a â€œtypoâ€ on October 23.
On November 5 he apologised for the â€œinadvertent errorâ€ as he had since read the transcript of the meeting. He said at the time the question had been put to him, he did not remember saying it and it did not appear to make sense.
But he apologised to Mrs May and revealed he had written a letter to her personally.
Meanwhile, Sgt Jones said he did not believe he had misled the Committee after failing to disclose his disciplinary record on October 23 when asked. The Committee report revealed he in fact had had 13 investigations into his conduct during his career. But Sgt Jones told members on November 5 that in only two of the cases, where action was taken, management advice was given. Therefore these did not constitute misconduct sanctions and he did not disclose them.
He said: â€œIt was not my intention to mislead the Committee. If I have misled the Committee because I misunderstood the question then I apologise for that.â€
Concerning the meeting with Mr Mitchell meeting, the IPCC said it had appointed its own independent investigator and the terms of reference of the probe would also be reviewed.
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