Met Police issue statement explaining why they won't investigate No.10 garden party

The Metropolitan Police Force has issued a statement explaining why it will not investigate a garden party at No 10 during the height of lockdown.

Up to 100 people were invited to a Bring Your Own Booze drinks event in Downing Street Gardens on 20th May 2020.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed they would not investigate the party unless an internal inquiry found “evidence of conduct that may constitute a criminal offence”.

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In a statement, the force said: “In accordance with the Met’s policy, officials do not typically investigate violations of coronavirus regulations when they are reported long after they are said to have taken place.

“However, if there is significant evidence pointing to a violation of the regulations, officers can review and consider it.”

The Met Police said they are in “constant contact” with the Cabinet Office in relation to their internal inquiry into suspected parties at Downing Street and the Department for Education who may have breached coronavirus restrictions.

“If the investigation uncovers evidence of conduct that may constitute a criminal offense, it will be referred to the Met for further consideration,” it said.

Boris Johnson was forced to apologize to MPs in the House of Commons yesterday after admitting he had attended the assembly for 25 minutes.

The Prime Minister insisted he believed it was a “work event”.

He added that an internal investigation is being led by senior official Sue Gray.

Gray’s results are expected to be released later this month.

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