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Cop admits lying over Britain's 'Plebgate' scandal

Published on Jan 10, 2014 9:07 PM

LONDON (AFP) - A British policeman on Friday admitted he falsely claimed to have witnessed a row over a bicycle that brought down a government minister.

Police constable Keith Wallis, 53, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office by pretending he witnessed the argument between former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell and an officer at the gates of Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street residence last September.

Mr Mitchell was forced to resign over claims he called officers guarding Downing Street "fucking plebs" because they refused to let him go through the gate with his bike, adding that they should "know your fucking place".

Mitchell admitted he swore but denied using the word "pleb", a derogatory term for the lower social classes. He was forced to resign over the so-called "Plebgate" row a few weeks later.

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