Tuesday, March 28

Scotland Yard to issue 20 fines for Downing Street parties in pandemic

The London Metropolitan Police (also known as the Met or Scotland Yard) has reported this Tuesday that it will initially issue twenty fines as part of the police investigation into the parties held in Downing Street and government offices during the coronavirus pandemic. The Met has indicated that it will not disclose the names of the individuals fined or confirm which events penalize the aforementioned sanctions for breaking social rules to contain the virus.

A new image from the Downing Street festivities shows Boris Johnson in a champagne Christmas trivia

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However, Downing Street, residence and official office of the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, pointed out that the Executive will publicly communicate if he is among the individuals fined. Specifically, the police will refer the fines to the so-called Criminal History Office (ACRO), responsible for imposing the sanctions on the individuals involved, who, in turn, have 28 days to pay or refute them.

If those fined choose the second option, the police will have to review the case and decide whether to withdraw the sanction or transfer it to court. “We are making every effort to move this investigation forward quickly and have completed several assessments,” a police spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.

In the note, Scotland Yard also points out that “due to the significant amount of investigative material that has to be evaluated, more cases could be referred to the ACRO”. The Met has been investigating 12 events that may have broken the rules of the pandemic lockdowns, including three meetings involving Boris Johnson.

As part of their investigations, the agents sent more than a hundred questionnaires in February in which they asked the suspects involved about their participation in the events. Last week, Scotland Yard reported that it had begun interviewing key witnesses to those festivities, held between 2020 and 2021.

The police have more than 300 photographs and 500 pages of documents with alleged evidence of the parties, which have also been the subject of an independent investigation by senior official Sue Gray, whose report has not been able to be issued in its entirety so as not to interfere with the of the Met.