Plebgate Pc faces misconduct charge

Maldon and Burnham Standard: PC Keith Wallis, who is accused of committing misconduct in public office between September 19 and December 16 2012, leaving Westminster Magistrates' Court in London. PC Keith Wallis, who is accused of committing misconduct in public office between September 19 and December 16 2012, leaving Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.

A police officer accused of falsely claiming to have witnessed the Plebgate row has appeared in court for the first time.

Pc Keith Wallis, 53, from West Drayton, west London, is accused of committing misconduct in public office between September 19 and December 16 2012, by saying that he had witnessed the incident and arranging for his nephew to support the claim.

Wearing a dark suit with a white shirt and a dark tie, Wallis spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth at a brief hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

He is facing claims that he sent an email to Conservative deputy chief whip John Randall, who was his MP, wrongly claiming that he had seen what happened in Downing Street on September 19 last year.

A row erupted when then-chief whip Andrew Mitchell became involved in a heated confrontation with another officer, Toby Rowland, after he was refused permission to cycle through the main gate.

Mr Mitchell admitted swearing but denied Pc Rowland's claim that he used the word "pleb".

Wallis, who is from the Metropolitan Police Diplomatic Protection Group, was released on bail and will next appear at Southwark Crown Court on January 3.

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