Andrew Mitchell was repeatedly denied entry on his bicycle to Downing Street by armed police officers more than a year before the so-called Plebgate incident in September 2012, prompting a formal complaint by No 10 to the Met.
A “restricted” letter from the head of security in the prime minister’s office to the Met’s diplomatic protection group in June 2011, released by No 10, warned that there was “no just reason” why Mitchell should have been prevented from entering Downing Street on his bike.
“I am writing formally to complain about the conduct of your officers who manage access into the rear of Downing Street at D11,” John Groves, the head of security and business continuity in Downing Street, wrote in a letter on 7 June 2011 to Inspector Ken Russell of the Met’s diplomatic protection group (DPG). Groves added: “I cannot see any just reason why access was refused.”
This really is all very odd.