Plebgate row police officer sacked over leaks to the press

Plebgate row  police officer sacked over leaks to the press

Met officer Gillian Weatherley found to have breached standards of professional behaviour after three-day misconduct hearing.

One of the police officers who was at Downing Street on the night of the altercation with the then chief whip, Andrew Mitchell, has been sacked by the Metropolitan police for leaking information to the media.

Gillian Weatherley was on duty on 19 September 2012, with PC Toby Rowland, when Mitchell tried to cycle through the gates and engaged in an argument with the officers when he was told to dismount and walk through.

Weatherley was investigated by Operation Alice, the Met police investigation into the Plebgate affair. The director of public prosecutions advised that no one should be charged over the leaking of the incident, because it was likely a jury would decide it was in the public interest for the events at the gate to be made public.

But after a gross misconduct hearing into Weatherley’s actions, a Met police panel has decided the case against her was proven and said she had breached standards of professional behaviour in relation to honesty and integrity, orders, instructions and confidentiality.

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