Met Police deny they're investigating vaccines after anti-vaxxers claim officers are shutting vaccine centres

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The Metropolitan Police have denied there is a criminal investigation into the vaccine rollout after it was claimed that officers were shutting down vaccine centres.

Over the past weeks there have been a number of social media posts claiming the Met’s Hammersmith branch has been leading an investigation into to the “catastrophic death and injury figures” caused by the Covid vaccine.

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These claims included that some vaccine centres have been closed due to the public reporting them to the Met.

One poster shared online stated: “Covid-19 vaccines are now under criminal investigation with Hammersmith CID Police Station.

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“Your local Chief Constable is aware of this case and substantial evidence has been provided from injured victims, scientific studies, global experts and NHS whistleblowers to Hammersmith CID.

“Confused why this is the first time you’re hearing about this? You’re not being told about this case because the UK Government controls the mainstream media and senior Government ministers, civil servants and the media are implicated in the alleged crimes.”

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Met Police deny they're investigating vaccines after anti-vaxxers claim officers are shutting vaccine centres
© PA There have been claims that Covid centres were closed as a result of this non-existent investigation

However, the Met have explained no criminal investigation is taking place and these claims were a result of people’s misunderstanding of police process.

Claims that a criminal investigation is underway seem to stem from the fact a crime reference number was issued after an allegation of a vaccine-related crime.

The Met explained that the issuing of a crime reference number does not indicate a crime has been committed or is under investigation, just that the allegation has been received.

A Met spokesperson said: “On December 20, a number of documents were submitted at a West London police station in support of allegations of criminality in relation to the UK’s vaccine programme.

“A crime reference number was created and provided to the complainants. This is not an indication that an investigation is under way or that a crime has been committed, it merely acknowledges that an allegation has been received and recorded.

“Officers have been tasked with reviewing the documents. This process is time consuming and has been prolonged by the submission of further documents by people encouraged to do so online.

“While the assessment continues, to date there is nothing to indicate that a crime has been committed and no criminal investigation has been launched.”

The allegations, made by a group known for their vaccine scepticism, cites crimes including ‘terrorism’, ‘genocide and ‘treason’ in relation to the vaccine rollout.

In one video, which was widely shared on Facebook, a woman tells Asda staff about the ‘investigation’ and threatens to report the store to the police.

She said: “Some vaccine centres have been closed down due to members of the public reporting them under that crime reference number.”

The Met confirmed that no vaccine centres have been shut down by the police.

Last month Professor Rupert Pearse, an ICU doctor at Barts Health NHS Trust, said: “It’s between 80 and 90 per cent of the patients that we have are unvaccinated.

“It’s very sad that people are vaccine hesitant, but we understand the reasons, and we are happy to talk about peoples fears about getting vaccinated.

“There is absolutely no doubt that it’s protecting the population.

“We don’t know how well its going to work with Omicron. We think it will have a very important impact, it may not be as strong as with previous versions of the virus, but it will still have a very very important impact.”

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