Entertainment Police formally asked to investigate whether Dominic Cummings broke the law

15:01  25 may  2020
15:01  25 may  2020 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Dominic Cummings leaves his house in north London on Monday morning. The police and crime commissioner for Durham is to formally write to the chief constable of the force he oversees asking for an investigation into Dominic Cummings , the Guardian has learned.

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Durham Police have formally been asked to "establish the facts" around Dominic Cummings' visit and to establish whether he broke the law, The Mirror has confirmed.

On Monday, May 25 Police Commissioner Steve White wrote to the force's Chief Constable, Jo Farrell, questioning if any rules were broken when Mr Cummings visited County Durham at the end of March.

Retired teacher Robin Lees, 71, reported Mr Cummings to the police over the weekend following claims that he he saw the top aide out in Barnard Castle - 30 miles from where he had stayed for two weeks - on April 12.

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A witness also told the Sunday Mirror they saw Mr Cummings walking in County Durham on April 19, days after he returned to work in London, but ministers have denied he visited a second time.

It's not in the hands of the police as to whether an investigation will be launched.

Since the controversy arose, minsters have strongly denied Boris Johnson's top aide broke any lockdown rules or laws, even though he travelled 260 miles to stay near family while the rest of the UK were ordered to "stay at home".

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Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said today: "If he’s made it clear to the Prime Minister that he didn’t break the law, I absolutely believe that assurance.

"You wouldn’t expect someone to be not giving the absolute categoric truth to the Prime Minister.”

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Dominic Cummings now faces a possible police investigation after he was reported by a retired teacher who claims he saw him taking a trip 30 miles The councillor asked the force to use CCTV footage and number plate recognition to ‘ investigate whether Mr Cummings may have committed

On Sunday night Boris Johnson said after "extensive face to face conversations with Dominic Cummings" he concluded the aide "followed the instincts of every father".

The PM also claimed some allegations made about the trip were "palpably false", but he didn't specify what these alleged untrue claims were.

Mr White, Durham's Acting Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner, has now said the row "has become a major issue of public interest and trust."

According to the lockdown rules, it's stated people can only leave their homes for a limited number of reasons, which includes for the care of a vulnerable person.

Mr White said: "I am confident that thus far, Durham police has responded proportionately and appropriately to the issues raised concerning Mr Cummings and his visit to the County at the end of March.

"It is clear however that there is a plethora of additional information circulating in the public domain which deserves appropriate examination.

"I have today written to the Chief Constable, asking her to establish the facts concerning any potential breach of the law or regulations in this matter at any juncture."

He added: "It is vital that the Force can show it has the interests of the people of County Durham and Darlington at its heart, so that the model of policing by consent, independent of government but answerable to the law, is maintained.

"It will be for the Chief Constable to determine the operational response to this request.

"I am confident that with the resources at its disposal, the Force can show proportionality and fairness in what has become a major issue of public interest and trust."

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