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Policing Minister turns down request for extra funds to pay for fracking protests

25 April, 2017

The Policing Minister has rejected Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner’s pleas for extra funding to police fracking protests.

The news means Lancashire Constabulary will have to pay at least £2.6m to police the protests before the can have the chance to apply for additional help.

Clive Grunshaw said: “Lancashire Police are faced with an ever rising bill to police the fracking protests.

“The Government has confirmed it has made no extra provision to help meet the costs of policing the protests.”

Lancashire Constabulary is providing a round the clock policing operation at the Preston New Road site where protestors have been camped out since January. It is estimated that it will cost upwards of £450k per month to police the protests.

The police are there to facilitate lawful protest and to ensure that the businesses that operate in the area are able to undertake daily, lawful business.

He added: “Our officer resources are being stretched to the limits and the government has said that there will be no additional financial help until our costs reach £2.6m spend. Even then, we will only be able to claim anything over that initial cost.

“That’s £2.6m that could have been spent investigating child exploitation, serious crimes and domestic abuse, but instead is focussed on policing protests.

“Other crimes will continue to be investigated of course – but any additional resources that may have helped them be solved sooner, may not be there.”

To read the letter click the following link: Ministerial response re fracking costs

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