UK prime minister, Rishi Sunak

UK prime minister, Rishi Sunak’s bodyguard arrested and suspended by Metropolitan Police amid investigation into alleged election date bets

UK prime minister, Rishi Sunak

 

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s bodyguard has been arrested and suspended by Metropolitan Police amid a major investigation into alleged election date bets.

 

 

The Met was contacted by the Gambling Commission last Friday, which said it was investigating alleged bets made by a police constable from its royalty and specialist protection command, the BBC reported. 

 

 

The Met said the matter was ‘immediately referred to officers in the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards, who opened an investigation, and the officer was also removed from operational duties’. 

 

 

On Monday the officer was then arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office. 

 

 

The individual was taken into custody and later bailed, with further enquiries pending. 

 

 

A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that on Friday, 14 June, the Met were contacted by the Gambling Commission who informed us that they were investigating alleged bets made by a Police Constable from the Met’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Command, which were related to the timing of the General Election.

 

 

‘The matter was immediately referred to officers in the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards, who opened an investigation, and the officer was also removed from operational duties.

 

 

‘The officer was subsequently arrested on Monday 17 June on suspicion of misconduct in public office. He was taken into custody and bailed pending further enquiries. The matter has also been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

 

 

‘The Gambling Commission continues to lead the investigation into the alleged betting offences, and our investigation is running in parallel to that.’

 

 

The Gambling Commission has said it is investigating ‘the possibility of offences concerning the date of the election’.

 

 

A spokesperson said: ‘The Gambling Commission regulates gambling in the interests of consumers and the wider public.

 

 

‘Currently, the commission is investigating the possibility of offences concerning the date of the election.

 

 

‘This is an ongoing investigation, and the commission cannot provide any further details at this time.’

 

 

Responding to Rishi Sunak’s protection officer being arrested over alleged election date bets, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper said: ‘Rishi Sunak must call a Cabinet Office inquiry into what is shaping up to be yet another scandal at the heart of Government.

 

 

‘This stinks of yet more sleaze and answers are needed.

 

 

‘An inquiry is needed to understand who knew what and when.’

 

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