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London police say they won’t investigate Boris Johnson over Downing Street lockdown party

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  • London’s Metropolitan Police said they were not investigating Boris Johnson over a party at 10 Downing Street in May 2020.
  • Met Police said they generally do not investigate “coronavirus regulatory breaches when reported long after they allegedly occur”.
  • Johnson apologized for his involvement in the event after details of the party were revealed.
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London’s Metropolitan Police Service said it would not be investigating Boris Johnson for his involvement in a garden party held at 10 Downing Street during the Covid-19 lockdown in May 2020.

“The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of numerous reports of alleged breaches of the Health Protection Regulations at Downing Street and the Department for Education on various dates and has received correspondence regarding these reports,” the official said. police department in a statement to Insider.

He continued: “In accordance with Met policy, officers do not normally investigate breaches of coronavirus regulations when they are reported long after they are believed to have occurred. However, if there is significant evidence to suggest a violation of regulations become available, officers can review and consider it.”

The Metropolitan Police Service said the Cabinet Office was “investigating” said gathering to see if it was a criminal offense before handing it over to police for further investigation.

Reports of a party taking place at the building emerged this month, leading Johnson to apologize for his role in the May 2020 event.

He said he “must take responsibility” for attending the party, which more than 100 staff members were invited to and asked to bring their own alcohol, Insider previously reported.

“I want to apologize,” he said. “I know millions of people across this country have made extraordinary sacrifices over the past 18 months. I know the anguish they have gone through – unable to mourn their loved ones, unable to live their lives as they want to or to do the things they want to love.”

“And I know the rage they feel against me, and against the government I lead, when they think that in Downing Street itself the rules are not being followed properly by the people who make the rules,” he said. -he adds.