Two others back up Tom Penns account, one of whom thought someone was being murdered

Neighbours of the man who overheard a row between Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds, prompting a late-night police callout, have corroborated his account of the incident with one saying the tear-up led him to believe that someone was being murdered.

Tom Penn went public on Saturday as the neighbour who had recorded the argument in the early hours of Friday morning. He said he had dialled 999 because he had been frightened and concerned for the welfare of those involved.

Penn, who has lived in his south London flat with his wife for just over a year, said he contacted the police only as a last resort after knocking three times at the couples front door.

The Guardians revelation that police were called to the flat following the altercation have has shaken Johnsons Tory leadership campaign. The frontrunner repeatedly dodged questions about the incident during a televised hustings on Saturday.

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Symonds can be heard on Penns recording telling Johnson, 55, to get off me and get out of my flat.

Another neighbour who heard the row, Earl McDermott, was reported as saying: It was a proper tear-up. Glasses being smashed, screaming and a lot of arguing. I thought someone was being murdered.

Nursery worker Fatimah, also a neighbour, backed up Penns account. There was a lot of shouting, a lady was screaming and I could hear glasses or plates being thrown quite a few times, she said. The man was shouting back. I could hear it through my walls. It was obvious the lady was angry. She was screaming hysterically.

Fatimah had earlier told another newspaper she had considered calling the police herself before officers arrived at the scene. Her husband, Imran, added that his wife had been frightened by the incident.

The Times reported that Johnsons 1995 Toyota Previa people carrier, which had three parking tickets and a mocking flyer on its windscreen, had been parked outside the flat before being driven away. Another neighbour told the newspaper: Its got loads of parking tickets on it. He just leaves it here. He doesnt care.

Some Sunday newspapers have sought to paint Penn and his wife as leftwing neighbours. The Mail on Sunday highlighted the 720,000 cost of the remain-backing couples luxurious flat.

In a statement released on Saturday night, Penn explained the extent of his involvement in politics was voting remain in the EU referendum, and that he had acted out of concern for the welfare and safety of our neighbours.

Penn said: Once clear that no one was harmed, I contacted the Guardian, as I felt it was of important public interest. I believe it is reasonable for someone who is likely to become our next prime minister to be held accountable for all of their words, actions and behaviours.

I, along with a lot of my neighbours all across London, voted to remain within the EU. That is the extent of my involvement in politics.

The unpleasant things being said about myself and my partner, and some quite frankly bizarre and fictitious allegations, have been upsetting for not only us, but also for family, friends and fellow Camberwell neighbours, who are being harangued by the media. I would ask that you leave private citizens alone and focus instead on those who have chosen to run for power within the public eye.

The attempts from some areas of the press to instead focus their stories on us, and in particular my wife, have been eye-opening, and very alarming. I would encourage anyone to record any instances where they feel concerned for another persons safety.

Penn also explained that he had overheard the row when he took delivery of a takeaway at his flat. On the way back into my flat, it became clear that the shouting was coming from a neighbours flat. It was loud enough and angry enough that I felt frightened and concerned for the welfare of those involved, so I went inside my own home, closed the door, and pressed record on the voice memos app on my phone.

After a loud scream and banging, followed by silence, I ran upstairs, and with my wife agreed that we should check on our neighbours. I knocked three times at their front door, but there was no response. I went back upstairs into my flat, and we agreed that we should call the police.

Scotland Yard said in a statement: At 00.24 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.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

 

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