Boris Johnson not at this stage received any further fixed penalty notices as police complete Partygate investigation

A total of 126 fixed penalty notices have been issued, the Met Police have said

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The police investigation into Covid breaches in Whitehall is complete with a total of 126 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) issued, the Metropolitan Police said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not at this stage received notification of another fixed-penalty notice over the Partygate row.

Scotland Yard said on Thursday it had issued fines to 53 men and 73 women, with some individuals receiving multiple fines, for events on eight separate dates.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
The Met Police say they have concluded their Partygate investigation
The Met Police say they have concluded their Partygate investigation

The conclusion of Operation Hillman into Partygate allegations paves the way for the publication of senior civil servant Sue Gray’s inquiry.

Officials said the aim is to publish her potentially damning report as soon as possible, although realistically this means next week looks likely.

At the Met’s last update on May 12 the force had made referrals for more than 100 FPNs to the Acro Criminal Records Office.

Scotland Yard declined to identify anyone involved in the investigation but disclosed that it cost around £460,000.

A team of 12 detectives examined 345 documents, including emails, door logs, diary entries, witness statements and 204 questionnaires.

They also examined 510 photographs and CCTV images.

There were no interviews under caution, with officers instead relying on answers to questionnaires.

Met Police's acting deputy commissioner Helen Ball said: “There is no doubt that the pandemic impacted all of us in so many ways and strong feelings and opinions have been expressed on this particular issue.

“When Covid regulations were introduced, the Met was clear that whilst we would not routinely investigate breaches of regulations retrospectively, there may be occasions when it would be appropriate to do so.

“The information that we received with regard to the alleged breaches in Downing Street and Whitehall was sufficient to reach our criteria to begin such an investigation.

“Our investigation was thorough and impartial and was completed as quickly as we could, given the amount of information that needed to be reviewed and the importance of ensuring that we had strong evidence for each FPN referral.

“This investigation is now complete.”