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Metropolitan Police issue 20 fines over Boris Johnson’s lockdown-breaking parties

The Metropolitan Police will issue 20 fines to people who attended lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street and Whitehall.

The police have declined to name the individuals facing the penalties or revealed which events they attended.

In a statement, Scotland Yard said: “The investigation into allegations of breaches of COVID-19 regulations in Whitehall and Downing Street has now progressed to the point where the first referrals for fixed penalty notices (FPN) will be made to ACRO Criminal Records Office.”

“We will today initially begin to refer 20 fixed penalty notices to be issued for breaches of Covid-19 regulations. The ACRO Criminal Records Office will then be responsible for issuing the FPNs to the individual following the referrals from the MPS.”

They continued, “We are making every effort to progress this investigation at speed and have completed a number of assessments. However due to the significant amount of investigative material that remains to be assessed, further referrals may be made to ACRO if the evidential threshold is made.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among 100 people who were sent formal legal questionnaires relating to the investigation, which was named Operation Hillman. The investigation was launched in January. 

The “partygate” investigation was in relation to 12 events where COVID restrictions may have been breached in 2020 and 2021. Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner said “Boris Johnson’s Downing Street has been found guilty of breaking the law” and that the PM must resign.

A Met Police statement said: “The investigation into allegations of breaches of COVID-19 regulations in Whitehall and Downing Street has now progressed to the point where the first referrals for fixed penalty notices (FPN) will be made to ACRO Criminal Records Office.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he believed the gathering he attended to be a “work event.” He did however apologize for his actions.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: KENOSHA NEWS

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