20/06/2024 12:59 PM

WASHINGTON, June 20 (Bernama-UPI) -- A security officer for British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been arrested for allegedly placing bets about the timing of Britain's general election, United Press International (UPI) reported.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed Wednesday that it has suspended and arrested a police constable from its Royalty and Specialist Protection Command on suspicion of misconduct in public office.

The arrest occurred during a Gambling Commission investigation into alleged betting related to the timing of the general election, according to the BBC, which first reported the story Wednesday.

The betting watchdog had contacted Metropolitan Police about the officer last week.

The officer was arrested Monday on suspicion of misconduct in public office. He was taken into custody and bailed pending further enquiries, according to a Metropolitan Police statement.

The Gambling Commission continues to lead the investigation into alleged betting offenses, and our investigation is running in parallel to that, the department added.

The arrest comes after a senior aide to Sunak admitted last week that he also was being investigated by the Gambling Commission.

Tory candidate Craig Williams, Sunak's parliamentary private secretary, is accused of placing a bet on a July election.

The prime minister recently announced Britain's general election, to elect members of Parliament to the House of Commons, will take place on July 4.


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