A POLICE officer responsible for protecting government officials has been arrested over alleged leaks to the media about the “plebgate” affair.
The 46-year-old from the Diplomatic Protection Group (DPG) was held at his work place in central London yesterday on suspicion of misconduct in public office.
He was arrested over alleged leaks linked to the row which led chief whip Andrew Mitchell to quit his Cabinet post amid a storm of protest over claims that he called officers “plebs”.
The man was not present at the time of the dispute between Mr Mitchell and officers on duty outside Downing Street.
Three weeks ago Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said that a file of evidence on the case could be handed to prosecutors by the end of this month.
Yesterday Scotland Yard said that because of “ongoing developments” no interim report had yet been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Two other men have been arrested so far. A 52-year-old Pc who is also from the DPG was held on suspicion of misconduct in public office and bailed until a date in February.
A 23-year-old was also released on bail.