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Police called to home of British prime ministerial candidate Boris Johnson

Reports emerge of neighbour calling police to the home of the Conservative MP

Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson is never far from the spotlight. Getty Images
Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson is never far from the spotlight. Getty Images

The front runner to become Britain’s next prime minister Boris Johnson is facing questions after reports emerged on Friday of police being called to his home after an altercation was heard.

Police were called to Mr Johnson’s home in London in the early hours of Friday morning.

In a statement, the Metropolitan police said “at 00:24hrs on Friday, 21 June, police responded to a call from a local resident in [south London]. The caller was concerned for the welfare of a female neighbour”.

“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.”

According to the Guardian newspaper, a neighbour heard a woman screaming and “slamming and banging”.

Mr Johnson’s current partner Carrie Symonds was part of his team when he publicly launched his campaign for the Tory leadership earlier this month.

The former foreign secretary has become the clear favourite to win the Conservative leadership race. He is up against current foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The final two contenders will go to a mail ballot of 160,000 grassroots party members nationwide, with the winner being announced on July 22.

Mr Johnson refused to answer questions about the incident at a hustings event in Birmingham, in central England on Saturday afternoon.

"I don't think (audience members) want to hear about that kind of thing, unless I'm wrong," Mr Johnson said when asked about the incident.

"I think what they want to hear is what my plans are for the country and for my party."

Updated: June 22, 2019 09:24 PM

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