Policing the Extinction Rebellion protests has cost Scotland Yard £37million so far this year and has caused other investigations to be closed down. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said on Tuesday that the cost of the two-week protest action this month had cost £21million, a bill set to rise by several million pounds. This included £3.5million for overtime, just under £6million for officers who were drafted in from 38 other forces in England and Wales, and £11.8million staffing costs. Protest action by Extinction Rebellion (XR) in April cost the Met £16million, meaning the bill so far this year is £37million – more than twice the annual budget of its Violent Crime Taskforce. The annual budget for its Violent Crime Taskforce is £15million.
Telegraph 22nd Oct 2019 read more »