Bicycle at centre of 'plebgate' row put on sale on eBay by former chief whip Andrew Mitchell

All proceeds from the sale will go to charity
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The bicycle at the centre of the “plebgate” row has been put on sale on eBay by its owner, the former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.

Mr Mitchell was riding the seven-year-old bike when police officers refused to let him leave Downing Street via the main gate in September last year. It was claimed at the time that Mr Mitchell swore at the officers and called them “plebs”.

Mr Mitchell - who denies the allegation - was forced to resign after a series of damaging headlines.

He has now put his “hard-working” Reflux Westminster on sale as he seeks to give it a “good home out of the limelight”.

All the proceeds from the sale will go to the charity Nyumbani UK, which helps HIV and AIDS affected children in Kenya.

According to the listing, the 22-inch framed bicycle has 18 gears and comes complete with a wicker basket and lights.

As of 12.45 today, the bicycle has had 11 bids, with the top bid £1,120. The bicycle will remain on sale until 7pm on Thursday evening however, as there is no “buy it now” option on the listing.

Scotland Yard are still investigating the “plebgate” incident, after a television documentary cast doubt on the original police account.

A Channel 4 investigation had CCTV footage showing that there was no large group of tourists outside the main gate at the time, as had originally been claimed. The veracity of an email from a civilian witness backing up the police account of events has also since been called into question.

The eBay listing can be found by clicking here.