Metropolitan Police Set to Issue First Fines Over No 10 Lockdown Parties

The Metropolitan Police is expected to issue the first set of fines as part of a police inquiry into multiple allegations of government parties that breached COVID-19 lockdown rules, according to reports.

The Metropolitan Police had made referrals for the first tranche of “imminent” fixed penalty notices related to the parties and gatherings under investigation in No 10 and the Cabinet Office, The Guardian and BBC reported.

Between 15 to 20 fines are expected to be issued for the most straightforward cases, but more are expected to follow, the reports said.

The fines come two months after the Metropolitan Police launched an official investigation by examining hundreds of photographs and material from an internal government inquiry carried out by senior civil servant Sue Gray into multiple alleged breaches of COVID-19 rules.

The initial findings in Gray’s report criticized “failures of leadership and judgement” over 16 gatherings between May 2020 and April 2021.

The Metropolitan Police are investigating 12 of those gatherings.

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