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Andrew Mitchell has told how he was caught

Mitchell: I was stitched-up by officials who hid evidence

Andrew Mitchell, the former Government Chief Whip at the centre of the “plebgate” scandal, will tonight accuse Downing Street officials of covering-up evidence showing he did not abuse police.

When pensioners fight back

A pensioner has been banned from Tesco after allegedly ramming staff members at the supermarket with her trolley after being less than happy with the service.

Theresa May ordered that the UK Border Force be separated from the UK Border Agency (UKBA)

A guide for potential immigrants to the worst parts of UK culture

Sourpuss MPs concerned by a possible flood of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants in 2014 are considering a negative ad campaign to put citizens in the East European countries off a move to Britain. They hope to divert would-be migrants to other European countries, or convince them to stay at home, and don't mind airing the UK's dirty laundry in the process. Travel? Terrible. Sun? No sir. Jobs? Not here. But their list of stains on the national reputation is far from exhaustive, so we've thought up a few more.

David Attenborough narrated Africa, but China Central Television was also a key contributor

Chinese state funds behind BBC's Attenborough series

Viewers hypnotised by the BBC's landmark series Africa, with its stunning images of fighting giraffes and baby turtles scuttling into the sea, are watching pictures partly funded by the state of China, it can be disclosed.

Sir Jeremy Heywood told David Cameron is was not possible to determine what happened from the CCTV footage

Cabinet Secretary ordered to explain why he failed to uncover 'Plebgate' truth

Sir Jeremy Heywood had been asked by the Prime Minister to investigate  the confrontation fully

Do our homes need high security protection?

A new report suggests that face-to-face solutions are more effective than increased use of technology

Man 'screamed abuse' at Usain Bolt and hurled bottle before 100m final

A former trainee teacher used an out-of-date ticket to trick his way into the London 2012 men’s 100m finals where he screamed abuse at Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt before hurling a bottle onto the startline, a court heard.

Two police officers hospitalised after patrol car crash

Two police officers have been taken to hospital after their patrol car overturned as they responded to a 999 call reporting disorder outside a pub.

A police officer stands outside Number 10 Downing Street

Plebgate row: top Tory warns against police 'witch-hunt'

A senior Conservative has said there should not be a “witch-hunt” against the police over the Andrew Mitchell affair despite growing doubts about their version of the now-infamous altercation at the gates of Downing Street.

Mitchell admits swearing but denies using the term 'pleb'

Andrew Mitchell’s camp turns its guns on David Cameron over Plebgate

‘Disgraceful’ PM accused of letting Chief Whip 'swing in the wind'

Andrew Mitchell was prevented from riding his bicycle through the gates of Downing Street

Plebgate: David Cameron knew Andrew Mitchell evidence was suspect three months ago

PM refused to press issue with Met police even though it could have saved Chief Whip’s job, as details of secret talks emerge

Thief drops till cash haul as he flees hotel

A thief who snatched hundreds of pounds from a hotel's reception dropped most of his haul as he was chased from the building.

Mitchell admits swearing but denies using the term 'pleb'

Police officers to be interviewed as Scotland Yard ramps up inquiry into possible wider criminal conspiracy to target Andrew Mitchell

Met investigating possible conspiracy to target Chief Whip after email revelations cast doubt on integrity of officers

Editorial: Another indictment for the police to answer

‘Plebgate’ is no longer simply a matter of Andrew Mitchell’s career

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