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Fracking protesters cost Sussex Police £3.9m

Antifracking protest at Balcombe. Picture by Carolyn Robertson

Antifracking protest at Balcombe. Picture by Carolyn Robertson

THE final cost to Sussex Police at the Balcombe fracking protest was £3.9m.

Sussex police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne revealed the total cost of the policing operation today (January 21).

Mrs Bourne has submitted an application to Home Office officials to recover the cost of the policing operation.

“I firmly believe that local taxpayers have a right to know the final cost of this policing operation and it has been a detailed financial process to collate the costs incurred accurately,” said Mrs Bourne.

“The additional, unforeseen cost of policing this operation has put pressure on the police budget at a time when considerable savings are being delivered in Sussex.

“It is unfair to burden local taxpayers with this significant sum of money and that is why I have applied to the Home Office for funding to meet the cost of the policing operation. I look forward to receiving their response in due course.”

The breakdown of costs include £1.6m in mutual aid costs, accommodation, subsistence and vehicle costs totalled £259,517.

Supplies and services made up £43,507.

Ordinary officer police overtime stands at £335,519, rest day working at £830,137 and staff overtime and consequential divisional overtime at £209,139.

Normal police salaries for officers working on the operation total was £621,860.

 

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