By Peter McLaren-Kennedy • 22 March 2022 • 5:21
Calls grow for investigation into Police’s handling of Partygate
Detectives involved in the case are understood to be reviewing all the evidence received thus far, with every response received thus far examined in detail and cross-checked against other evidence.
A statement issued by the department said: “In addition to the detailed review of all available material, including returned questionnaires, detectives from the Operation Hillman investigation team have started interviewing key witnesses.
“This investigation involves a significant amount of investigative material; the serving of over 100 questionnaires and the need to individually assess every response.
“The offences under consideration comprise a number of elements and the legislation itself changed between the event dates. We are progressing the investigation as quickly as possible
“As yet, we have not made any referrals to the ACRO Criminal Records Office for the issuing of fixed penalty notices.
“However, every questionnaire response is being assessed alongside all available evidence, and should this reach the evidential threshold, then referrals will be made.”
According to the investigating team, some 12 events are under investigation with as many as six having been attended by Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister. Johnson has faced calls to resign over his attendance at some of the events under investigation.
The Met added: “As a result of responses so far, further individuals have been identified and questionnaires sent to them. As the investigation continues, we may need to contact more people as further information comes to light.”
With police now starting to interview key witnesses in the Partygate saga, it is unlikely any charges or reports will be forthcoming for some time.
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Originally from South Africa, Peter is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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