BORIS JOHNSON: Police called to UK PM hopeful’s flat after reports of screaming

 

London, England

VIJAY SHAH via Sky News/The Guardian, sources

 

Police have allegedly been called to attend the flat (apartment) of former London mayor and current British prime ministerial/Conservative Party leader hopeful Boris Johnson, after a neighbour reported hearing screaming sounds coming from its vicinity, Sky News UK reported this morning.

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The neighbour, believed to be living near Johnson’s second home in the south of London, called the city’s Metropolitan Police’s 999 emergency line yesterday at 12.24 am, reporting hearing screaming and the words ‘Get off me!’ during a loud altercation at the flat of the former mayor, who governed London from 2008-2012, and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, a political aide and public relations expert. Banging, the sound of what appeared to be crockery being smashed, and shouting was also heard, according to a report by The Guardian newspaper. The police told Sky News that a witness called in, saying they were “concerned for the welfare of a female neighbour”.

A police spokesman said: “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.”

The neighbour who reported the domestic incident also recorded it and then went to the politician’s apartment to see what was going on, but no-one answered the door, The Guardian said.

“I [was] hoping that someone would answer the door and say ‘We’re okay’. I knocked three times and no one came to the door,” they told the newspaper.

Another neighbour said she also witnessed the altercation at Johnson’s home. She told Sky News: “Just after midnight I heard a lady shouting, but I couldn’t make out what she said, then I heard plates and glasses smashing and things being thrown around.

“I was watching something on the television and I had to mute it because I was quite concerned, it was coming through the walls.

“It lasted for just under 10 minutes, and a police car turned up first, and then a police van a few minutes later.”

A fellow Tory politician, UK Security Minister Ben Wallace was criticised after tweeting about the incident, calling it a non-story and railing against the ‘lefty neighbours’ who reported the incident, as well as the newspapers and media who reported the argument. He was accused of belittling domestic abuse, to which he responded that he did see such abuse as ‘incredibly serious’ but that the reported incident was described in the earliest media reports as merely a ‘row’.

 

SOURCES:

Helen Mutton/Facebook

“Police called to Boris Johnson flat after neighbour reportedly heard screaming” – Sky News/Sky UK (22 June 2019) https://news.sky.com/story/police-in-late-night-call-to-boris-johnsons-home-11746622?fbclid=IwAR0n1wPcXhQZKOBjBK8pfJGb95AxwqTi5Kbvzn24h-1yzOwfe4GGptQ8nhI

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