Police claim new video proves that Plebgate PC was telling the truth:
Sources say footage supports accusation public were â€˜visibly shockedâ€™ by Andrew Mitchell outburst
Supporters of â€˜Plebgateâ€™ ex-Minister Andrew Mitchell spoke out last night after new CCTV footage emerged that was said to back the claim that Mr Mitchell abused PC Toby Rowland.
Well-placed sources said the footage of the incident â€“ in which officers refused to open the Downing Street gates for Mr Mitchell to cycle through â€“ clearly shows two women walking past.
This detail corroborates PC Rowlandâ€™s account of the 2012 incident, according to which â€˜several members of the publicâ€™ were â€˜visibly shockedâ€™ when Mr Mitchell called him a â€˜f***ing plebâ€™.
But a close friend of Mr Mitchell, former Tory chairman David Davis, last night said: â€˜If this is the level of the policeâ€™s forensic ability, we should all despair.â€™
Mr Mitchell, who lost his Cabinet post over the row, claimed last year that CCTV video obtained by Channel 4 showed PC Rowland had lied because there was no sign of any members of the public witnessing the incident.
A police source familiar with the new footage, which was filmed from Richmond House, the offices of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said: â€˜You can see two women walking past when Mitchell argued with Rowland, another man with a rucksack by the gates and another group comes by just after Mitchell has left. It strongly supports Rowland.â€™
Last year, PC Rowland was cleared of lying by the Crown Prosecution Service, which said the Channel 4 footage â€˜did not show the full pictureâ€™ and that other CCTV video was â€˜consistentâ€™ with Rowlandâ€™s story.
But Mr Mitchellâ€™s lawyer Stephen Parkinson, who has also seen the new video, claimed that it backed Mr Mitchell, not Mr Rowland.
â€˜The only person present near the gates is the man with the rucksack and there is no sign he heard anything,â€™ he said. â€˜The two women were too far away. The other people arrived after Mr Mitchell had left.â€™