5.33pm BST Afternoon summary • Theresa May, the home secretary, has said West Mercia police should take disciplinary action against the three police officers criticised in a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission for what they said after a meeting with Andrew Mitchell about the “plebgate” affair.She made the comment when giving evidence to the Commons home affairs committee. I have to say I agree that the IPCC statement makes troubling reading, and if it is indeed the case that warranted police officers have behaved in the way Deborah Glass has described, then that is not acceptable at all. In view of the statement that has been made by the IPCC today, I think it’s quite wrong of West Mercia not to take disciplinary proceedings against these officers. She also said that David Shaw, the West Mercia chief constable, should apologise to Mitchell for what happened to him. The episode undermined public trust in the police, she said. The police need the trust of the public. These sorts of incident will strike at the heart of that issue of trust. For many members of the public, they will actually say, well, here was somebody who was a member of parliament,… Read full this story
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