Police issue 30 more fines to UK government’s rule-breaking COVID parties – POLITICO

LONDON – More than 50 fines have now been proposed as part of a police probe into irregular parties held at the heart of the UK government despite tough coronavirus restrictions.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police, who are conducting an investigation into a series of gatherings held at Downing Street and other government departments amid the COVID-19 curbs, confirmed they had “transmitted over 50 firm penalties” to the had sent to the country’s criminal records office, which can then push ahead with the imposition of a fine.

That means around 30 more fines were imposed since the last update End of March.

The power now called it will “continue to evaluate significant amounts of investigative material” and “further transfers will be made” to the criminal records office.

The inquiry was launched earlier this year amid an uproar over multiple reports of rule-breaking, including at Boris Johnson’s own Downing Street base.

Police are not naming those who were fined, but Downing Street said on Monday that Johnson and UK Civil Service chief Simon Case had not received any fines.

The latest fines were seized by the opposition Labor Party, with Deputy Leader Angela Rayner branding them “the latest example of a distracted, no-contact government guilty of breaking the law, let alone enforcing it”.

Matt Fowler, who represents the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaign group, said the news would be “incredibly painful for bereaved families like mine as we try to move on with our lives”. Police issue 30 more fines to UK government's rule-breaking COVID parties - POLITICO

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