Hogan-Howe pledges 'ruthless' inquiry
There will be a "ruthless" search for the truth in relation to the 'plebgate' row, the head of the Metropolitan Police has said.
In a statement, Bernard Hogan-Howe said allegations against police officers by politicians concerning the incident at Downing Street were "extremely serious".
"The allegations in relation to this case are extremely serious. For the avoidance of doubt, I am determined there will be a ruthless search for the truth - no matter where the truth takes us," he said.
Former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell this morning accused the Metropolitan police of trying to destroy his career by fabricating the 'plebgate' row.
The former chief whip told the Sunday Times the allegations were a "sustained attempt to toxify the Conservative Party and destroy my career".
The chief of the Metropolitan police, Benedict Hogan-Howe, has returned from his holiday to manage the force's investigation into a possible conspiracy.
In a statement this morning, Downing Street said the Prime Minister was "deeply shocked" at the alleged fabrication and felt "deep sympathy" for the former Chief Whip.
Former police minister Nick Herbert has attacked the "cancer" of police corruption and said the plebgate row raised "wider issues" around the police.