News 29 March 2022

Met Police To Issue 20 Fines Over Downing Street Lockdown Parties

29 March 2022

The Metropolitan Police have announced they will be issuing 20 fines for people who attended parties held in Downing Street and Whitehall during Covid restrictions.

The Met Police confirmed the fixed penalty notices in a statement today.

“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,” the statement reads.

“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.”

The statement from the Met Police comes as they investigate 12 events held in Downing Street and Whitehall which may have breached Covid restrictions in 2020 and 2021.

More than 100 people were under investigation and it is understood that more fines will follow in the future.

The identities of those fined will not be revealed by the Met but Number 10 have previously said it would reveal if Prime Minister Boris Johnson – who is known to have attended multiple events – is issued with a fixed penalty notice.

News of the fines is the first confirmation that coronavirus measures were breached by people in government.

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