BRITAIN’S top civil servant only knew details of the Plebgate row when he saw it in The Sun, it was revealed yesterday.
Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood was told there had been “an incident” after former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell’s foul-mouthed rant at Downing Street gun cops.
But Mr Heywood admitted he “became more aware” when the story broke in Britain’s biggest paper two days later.
The top mandarin said Mr Mitchell could have fallen victim to a “gigantic conspiracy” by police.
Mr Heywood defended his handling of the Plebgate probe to MPs at a Commons committee.
He said: “We accepted there were unanswered questions, including the possibility of a gigantic conspiracy but decided to let matters rest.” A probe by Met cops continues.
Article written by Kevin Schofield, chief political correspondent at The Sun, and sub edited by myself.
Originally published in The Sun on Friday January 11 2013.