The Met Police have today issued a statement over alleged staff gatherings at Number 10 Downing Street in November and December, 2020.
The police said after receiving a “significant amount of material in relation to the allegations reported in the media,” all the material has been “examined by detectives in detail and it does not provide evidence of a breach of the Health Protection Regulations.” However, should the Cabinet Office find evidence, they state they could reopen the case.
The Met Police, however, did say they will speak to two people who attended a gathering at Parker Street, SW1 on 14 December 2020 for London mayor candidate Shaun Bailey.
The full Met Police statement reads as follows:
The Cabinet Office is looking into staff gatherings at Number 10 Downing Street and the Department For Education in November and December, 2020.
The Met is in contact with the Cabinet Office in relation to this. If any evidence emerges of behaviour that is potentially a criminal offence it will be passed to the Met for further consideration.
The Met has received a significant amount of material in relation to the allegations reported in the media. All the material has been considered by detectives in detail and it does not provide evidence of a breach of the Health Protection Regulations, but restates allegations made in the media.
In line with our policy where we do not normally investigate breaches of these regulations when they are reported long after they are said to have taken place, unless there is evidence from the Cabinet Office or other evidence comes to light, the Met will not at this time commence an investigation.
The Met is also aware of a gathering at an address in Matthew Parker Street, SW1 on 14 December 2020.
Officers will be making contact with two people who attended in relation to alleged breaches of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations.
Throughout the pandemic the Met has followed the national 4 Es approach of enforcing the Coronavirus Regulations. Where live ongoing breaches of the restrictions were identified, officers engaged with those present, explained the current restrictions, encouraged people to adhere to them, and only as a last resort moved to enforcement.
In line with the Met’s policy, officers do not normally investigate breaches of Coronavirus Regulations when they are reported long after they are said to have taken place. However, if significant evidence suggesting a breach of the regulations becomes available, officers may review and consider it.