The chief commissioner of Scotland Yard, Cressida Dick, confirmed this Tuesday that this Corps will investigate “several events” that have occurred in the official residence of Downing Street during the last two years related to a “potential possible violation of the regulations by covid-19″.
In an appearance before the London Assembly – the body that supervises the activities of the Mayor of London -, Dick indicated that he understood the “deep concern of the public” at the news that had emerged in recent weeks suggesting that members of the Government carried out activities that were prohibited in lockdowns.
“I can confirm that the Metropolitan Police (Met, also known as Scotland Yard) will now investigate various events that have occurred in Downing Street in the last two years (of the pandemic) in relation to a potential breach of regulations by covid-19”, the commissioner specified.
The police pointed out that the fact that the Met is now going to investigate “does not, of course, mean that it will necessarily be fined in all cases and all people involved.”
Dick also announced that Scotland Yard does not intend to comment during the course of its investigation, although it will report when there are “significant points”.
The commissioner also admitted that there are “several other events that occurred in Downing Street and Whitehall – government offices – that have also been evaluated, but were thought not to meet the threshold to be taken into account in a criminal investigation”.
In his appearance before the so-called committee for police and crime of the London Assembly, Dick stressed that the police force carries out its work “without fear or favouritism. We do our homework impartially and independently.”
“Most citizens have acted responsibly during the pandemic; Many, many people, including many Londoners, and my colleagues in the police force, have made enormous sacrifices and many have suffered considerable losses during the pandemic.”
There is currently an ongoing internal investigation into these social events – which allegedly broke the rules – in Downing Street and Whitehall by the senior British official Sue Gray, who, as confirmed today by a spokesman for the Cabinet Office, will continue with her inquiries. despite the announcement made by Scotland Yard.
“The investigation being carried out by Sue Gray will continue. There is continuous contact with the Metropolitan Police”, assured the official government source.
It is not clear, however, if the publication of that report that Gray will prepare after his investigation will be delayed now that the Met is also investigating the same matter.
The police announcement further strains the Prime Minister’s delicate political position, Boris Johnson, after yesterday the British channel ITV uncovered that he himself celebrated his own birthday party in Downing Street on June 19, 2020, in full confinement.
According to that channel, about 30 people attended that “surprise” celebration.