British police put an end to the “Partygate” investigation with 126 fines issued – The Citizen



British police on Thursday said they had completed their investigation into the “Partygate” scandal. First The government of Minister Boris Johnson and issued a total of 126 fines.

Metropolitan police said in a statement that of the fines issued for violating Covid restrictions, 73 went to women and 53 to men but that some people have received more than one fixed penalty.

Police have been called to investigate the gatherings in Downing Street and all government departments on eight dates between May 2020 and April 2021.

Last week, the force said it had issued more than 100 fines. The exact amount of the penalties has not been confirmed, but the penalties can range from £ 30 to £ 10,000 (35-11,800 euros, $ 37-12,400) for the most serious violations.

Those found so far include Johnson, his wife Carrie, and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak.

The UK government said it was fined for a rally in Downing Street on the Prime Minister’s birthday in June 2020.

Johnson said he will reveal whether he will receive further fines.

The Press Association’s UK domestic news agency said it understands that the prime minister has not yet received notification of another fixed penalty notice.

The investigation began on Jan.25 and saw 12 investigators sift through 345 documents, including emails, door logs, journal entries and witness statements, 510 security camera photographs and footage, and 204 questionnaires, he said. the Met.

“When the Covid regulations were introduced, the Met was clear that while we would not routinely investigate violations of the regulations retrospectively, there may be occasions when it would have been appropriate to do so,” said Helen Ball, Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Met.

“The information we received regarding the alleged violations in Downing Street and Whitehall was sufficient to meet our criteria for initiating such an investigation.

“Our investigation was thorough and unbiased and was completed as quickly as possible given the amount of information that needed to be reviewed,” he said.

“This investigation is now complete.”

Johnson apologized for the violation of Covid regulations but declined requests to step down after becoming the first UK leader to break the law while in office.

Johnson also faces an investigation by a parliamentary committee into his past denials in the House of Commons of violation of the blockade law.

The parties have fueled widespread public anger at the conservatives in power, who suffered a beating in the recent local elections.

The main leader of the opposition Labor Party, Keir Starmer, has vowed to step down if police in north-east England fines him for his alleged violation of coronavirus laws during an election campaign meeting.

The gathering took place in Durham in April last year, with a video that later surfaced of Starmer drinking beer and eating a takeaway meal inside an office with colleagues from the party.