At least 50 more fines issued over Downing Street lockdown parties

More than 100 referrals for fixed penalty notices have now been made by the Met Police.

At least 50 more fines issued over Downing Street Covid lockdown parties by Metropolitan Police iStock
Breaches of lockdown rules during the pandemic are being investigated at Downing Street.

At least 50 more fines have been issued by the Metropolitan Police over parties that broke lockdown rules held across Downing Street and Whitehall.

It brings the total number of fixed penalty notices made by the Met Police to over 100 since reports emerged of the gatherings held during the pandemic.

This includes Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie, and chancellor Rishi Sunak who were hit with fixed penalty notices over a birthday party held for the Prime Minister in No 10 in June 2020.

It is understood that Johnson has not received another fine, but the police investigation continues.

In April, police revealed that “over 50” initial fixed penalty notices had been issued.

In a statement on Thursday, the Metropolitan Police said: “As of Thursday May 12, Operation Hillman, the investigation into breaches of Covid-19 regulations in Whitehall and Downing Street, has made more than 100 referrals for fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to the ACRO Criminal Records Office.

“These referrals have continued to be made throughout the period since our last update on Tuesday, April 12, and the investigation remains live.”