As the 'plebgate' scandal continues , which resulted in the resignation of chief Tory Whip Andrew Mitchell after he called a police officer a pleb for allegedly stopping him cycling around Downing street, it has emerged that a second man has been arrested on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an indictable offence.

This follows the arrest of a constable from Scotland Yard's diplomatic protection group, SO6, who was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in connection with alleged leaking of information to the media about the incident.

A spokesman for No 10 said of the claims: "Any allegations that a serving police officer posed as a member of the public and fabricated evidence against a cabinet minister are exceptionally serious. "It is therefore essential that the police get to the bottom of this as a matter of urgency." A total of 30 officers are now working on the case.

The second man has since been bailed and will return to a police station in January.

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