Five more police officers indicted in election betting probe

Five more police officers indicted in election betting probe

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Five more police officers indicted in election betting probe

The growing investigation into betting on the election has indicted five additional Metropolitan Police officers, while it remains unclear if they will face any action.

Because of their position in Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s close protection team, the first officer who was verified to be a part of the Gambling Commission’s investigation was placed under suspension and taken into custody.

According to regulations set forth by the Gambling Commission, using confidential information to obtain an unfair advantage when placing a wager can be illegal.

Following their disclosure of involvement in the probe, the Conservative Party withdrew its support for Laura Saunders and Craig Williams, the candidates for the general election. The prime minister’s close protection team member who was involved in the first police officer’s betting is not among the following five accused of placing bets.

According to a statement from the Metropolitan Police:

“It is still the case that only one officer is under criminal investigation. We have, however, been passed information from the Gambling Commission alleging that five further officers have placed bets related to the timing of the election. The officers are based on the Royalty and Specialist Command, the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command and the Central West Basic Command Unit. None of them work in a close protection role. Decisions on whether they will be subject to any restrictions will be taken in due course.”

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