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'Plebgate' police 'span web of lies'

Police span a "web of lies" that led to a "vitriolic" campaign of "plebgate" stories against ex-chief whip Andrew Mitchell, the High Court has heard.

Mr Mitchell resigned in 2012 after the Sun reported he had called Downing Street officers "plebs".

He is suing News Group Newspapers, with his lawyers saying the police account of the incident was "wholly false".

He accepts that he swore when police refused to open a Downing Street gate for him to leave on his bicycle.

Daniel Sandford reports from court.

  • 17 Nov 2014