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Metropolitan Police confirm first round of fines for Downing Street Covid lockdown parties

Scotland Yard has confirmed 20 fixed penalty notices will be issued for breaches of Covid-19 rules following allegations of lockdown-busting parties in Downing Street.

By James Harrison
Tuesday, 29th March 2022, 10:05 am

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According to the Metropolitan Police, investigators will begin to refer the notices to the ACRO Criminal Records Office, which would be responsible for issuing the fines.

And more fines are expected as the probe continues.

The force said: “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 front door of number 10 Downing Street, in London.

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“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 [force].

“We are making every effort to progress this investigation at speed and have completed a number of assessments.

"However, due to the significant amount of investigative material that remains to be assessed, further referrals may be made to ACRO if the evidential threshold is made.”

The Met would not confirm how many individuals will receive fines, or their identities, in line with guidance from the College of Policing.

Officials in Downing Street have said they will confirm if the Prime Minister is fined.

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