Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick has confirmed that police will investigate several suspected lockdown breaches at Downing Street.

Dick has previously stressed that the Met would not look into lockdown breaches retrospectively, but affirmed that any evidence would be examined.

She told the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee this morning: “I can tell you this morning as a result firstly of the information provided by the Cabinet Office inquiry team and secondly by the officers own assessment, I can confirm that the Met is now investigating a number of events that took place at Downing Street and Whitehall in the last two years.

“My officers have assessed several other events that appear to have taken place at Downing Street and Whitehall on the available information these other events are assessed as not reaching the threshold for criminal investigation.”

“I should stress that we are now investigating does not mean fixed penalty notices will necessarily be issued in every instance and to every person involved.

“We will not be giving a running commentary on our current investigations but I can assure you we will give updates at significant points.”