Neighbour hears screaming

Police called to Johnson home after ‘loud altercation’

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson was facing a potential setback to his campaign to become Tory leader after police were called to the London home he shares with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds.

A neighbour was said to have heard a loud altercation involving screaming and shouting. Ms Symonds was said to yelling “get off me” and “get out of my flat”, according to The Guardian news website.

The neighbour called 999 and two police cars and a van arrived within minutes, shortly after midnight, but left after receiving reassurances from both the individuals in the flat that they were safe.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said “there was no cause for police action”. The police statement added: “At 00:24hrs on Friday 21 June, police responded to a call from a local resident in the SE5 area of Camberwell. 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.”

A spokesman for Mr Johnson, who is a short-priced favourite to secure the Tory leadership and the keys to Number 10, said: “No comment”.

Mr Johnson came top in a ballot of Tory MPs on Thursday and the first hustings of the second phase of the leadership campaign takes place on Saturday. The winner will be declared on 22 July.


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