#AceNewsReport – Oct.23: The Met Police Commissioner has revealed that the cost of policing Extinction Rebellion‘s two-week ‘Westminster Shutdown’ cost the taxpayer at least £21 million – a figure that’s expected to rise when other costs are consolidated……………….Added together with the £16 million cost of their April protests, and we’ve forked out at least £37 million this year for their arts grad student tantrums: https://t.me/TheForBritainMovement/1666
Britain’s most senior officer, Cressida Dick, who is the commissioner of the Met police has revealed that the recent two-week demonstrations conducted by the environmental group cost the force around £21m ($27.1m), with that figure expected to rise: This amount comes on top of the £16m ($20.7m) the capital’s police spent handling the group’s protests in April.
In stark contrast, the Met police spent a fraction of this amount (£15m) on its violent crime taskforce, which attempts to reduce the amount of stabbings and other violent crimes in the capital: An exasperated Dick revealed her frustration at the huge amounts of money being directed into policing the protests, at a cost to some investigations being forced to shutdown as a result of limited resources.
“I would say to Extinction Rebellion this is placing a horrendous strain on London, and on the Met…[It’s a] big cost to us and the people who pay for us.”
The demonstrations that ended last week saw a total of 1,828 protesters arrested – 164 of which have so far been charged by police: In April 1,148 activists were held – 900 of which were charged.
The group’s Autumn protests caused major travel disruption: Public opinion towards the group soured when members staged a protest last week at a London Tube station, climbing on top of train carriages until angry commuters pulled them back down to the ground to allow services to resume.
Friday saw a last show of defiance by XR, with one of their activists, identified as 43-year-old tree surgeon Ben Atkinson, dressed as Boris Johnson, but with a cape, scale Big Ben as police call on him to come down (VIDEOS, PHOTOS) in Westminster, sparking a security alert.
#AceNewsDesk reports …………Published: Oct.23: 2019:
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