A report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct has found no evidence that Boris Johnson's relationship with Jennifer Arcuri caused him to influence the payment of any sponsorship monies to Ms Arcuri or that he influenced or played an active part in securing her participation in trade missions.
According to the BBC "The spokesman added that it was "not a policing matter, and we consider this was a waste of police time"."
Since "some evidence" of an "intimate relationship" was found by the IOPC investigators, and the report adds :
“While there was no evidence that Mr Johnson influenced the payment of sponsorship monies or participation in trade missions, there was evidence to suggest that those officers making decisions about sponsorship monies and attendance on trade missions thought that there was a close relationship between Mr Johnson and Ms Arcuri, and this influenced their decision-making. “
the potential for criminal activity to have occurred seems clear, and a report that found no evidence of criminal activity would appear to be immensely valuable to Johnson. The more convinced anyone (including the spokesman) was of his innocence, the more valuable this investigation would seem have been to Johnson.
Has Johnson's spokesman indicated why he believes time was wasted?