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Met Police handed ‘more than 300 photo’s’ and ‘500 pieces of paper’ amid Downing Street jamboree’s which could in up in ‘court’

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
31st Jan 22 5:01 pm

Detectives who are investigating the Downing Street shindigs have been provided with more than 300 photos and 500 pieces.

The Metropolitan Police are investigating numerous gathering which were held in Downing Street including another one which was held in his own flat.

However on the 8 December Boris Johnson told MPs in the Commons that he denied that there was a party in his flat.

At the time, Labour MP Catherine West asked Johnson, “Will the prime minister tell the House whether there was a party in Downing Street on 13 November?”

Johnson replied, “No, but I am sure that whatever happened, the guidance was followed and the rules were followed at all times.”

Commander Catherine Roper, who is overseeing the investigation, said, “We had a bundle of material provided to us just Friday which is well over 500 pieces of paper, about a ream and a half, and over 300 photographs.”

“We’ll be contacting those people that we want to have further information from with a series of questions – that could be via email or it could be by post,” she added.

The Met commander said that within a “matter of weeks” police will be contacting those people who were involved.

The Metropolitan Police added in a statement, “Having received the documentation from the Cabinet Office on Friday, January 28, we are now reviewing it at pace to confirm which individuals will need to be contacted for their account.

“This prioritisation will include reviewing all the material from the Cabinet Office, which includes more than 300 images and over 500 pages of information.”

The et police statement continued, “If following an investigation officers believe it is appropriate, because the Covid regulations have been breached without a reasonable excuse, a fixed penalty notice would normally be issued.

“Once the penalty is paid, the matter is considered closed. Alternatively, individuals may decide to dispute the notice.

“In these circumstances officers will consider whether to pursue the matter in a magistrates’ court.

“We do understand that the Met’s action in assessing and responding to these allegations will divide opinion.

“However police officers must, based on the information available to them, make carefully considered, difficult decisions, even when to do so is contentious.

“We understand the interest in and impact of this case, and will be progressing the investigation at pace. We are committed to completing our investigations proportionately, fairly and impartially.”

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