Police accused of pro-Boris Johnson cover up after saying they had ‘no record’ of visiting him

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People have accused the Metropolitan Police of covering for Boris Johnson. That’s because the Met initially denied that they had any record of a neighbour calling them after hearing a disturbance between Johnson and his girlfriend. According to the Guardian, it was only after the news outlet provided reference numbers and information identifying the police vehicles that the Met admitted attending the scene.

The Met now denies this chain of events.

The incident

The Guardian reported that the neighbour phoned the police after hearing “screaming, shouting and banging” from the flat and knocking three times to try and make sure they were okay. Carrie Symonds, Johnson’s girlfriend, was also heard shouting “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.

After initially saying they had “no record” of the incident, the Met then released a statement:

At 00:24hrs on Friday, 21 June, police responded to a call from a local resident in [south London]. The caller was concerned for the welfare of a female neighbour.

Police attended and spoke to all occupants of the address, who were all safe and well. There were no offences or concerns apparent to the officers and there was no cause for police action.

Speaking to freelance journalist Alex Tiffin, the Met denied a cover-up:

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The press office did not at any point deny or refuse to confirm that police had attended an address in Camberwell, and any suggestions of a ‘cover up’ are completely false.

“Shocking”

On social media, people had questions:

Given Symonds was shouting phrases like “get off me”, it’s right that the neighbour phoned the police. What’s worrying is the police apparently initially sought to deny that anything happened. The police must treat all citizens as equals and not go above and beyond to protect elites.

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