Norfolk: Police Cost Of EDL March Revealed

20 December 2012, 15:41 | Updated: 20 December 2012, 15:47

The cost of a protest march which took place in Nowich last month has been put at nearly one hundred and thirty thousand pounds...

Norfolk Constabulary is able to give an estimate of the cost of policing two demonstrations which took place in Norwich last month.

Two protest groups, one from the English Defence League (EDL) and the second from a group called ‘We Are Norwich’, marched through Norwich City Centre on Saturday 10 November 2012.

Around 400 police officers from Norfolk Constabulary and a number of other forces took place to assist the whole event to pass off without major incident.

Although some invoices are still going through, Norfolk Police estimates the total cost of the operation will have been £128,905. This will be met from special funds held to support operational costs incurred in this situation.

Assistant Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “This was a significant policing operation for Norfolk which required support from a number of external police forces and specialist units. Our plan sought to protect the safety of all of those involved, and the general public, and to minimise disruption in the city - we did so successfully but of course there is a cost attached.”