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Plebgate witness: 'nobody read my notes'

Former police officer Ian Richardson, who was the most senior officer at Downing Street during the 'plebgate' incident, told Today's John Humphrys that he felt sorry for ex Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell.

He said "Mr Mitchell lost his sense of humour" but "who hasn't lost their sense of humour at work?"

Mr Richardson said he thought the Metropolitan police should have done more to stop the affair escalating: "It was quite clear police officers, not the officers at the gate, leaked the information".

"There was no debrief, nobody read my notes until PC Wallace was exposed by Channel 4".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 28 November.

  • 28 Nov 2014
  • From the section UK