Police pay £2,500 to bus hundreds of English Defence League supporters to protest march

For anyone objecting to the costs of this, I would remind them that the NHS, the third largest employer on planet Earth, pays for ‘homeopathic’ treatment. So this is some of the smartest money the UK has put out in some time.

H/T Taffy in Canada

Daily Mail:

  • Police paid for the transport to make event in Manchester easier to control
  • City figures have slammed right-wing group for draining public purse
  • Protest, which attracted anti-fascist groups, cost force more than £50,000

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 12:00 EST, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:12 EST, 18 April 2013

A police force paid £2,500 to bus hundreds of English Defence League supporters to a protest march, in an attempt to make the event easier to control.

Around 700 members of the right-wing group were taken into Manchester from across the region on taxpayer funded double-deckers last month.

The demonstration, which also attracted anti-fascist opponents, cost Greater Manchester Police more than £50,000 overall. £35,000 went on staff overtime alone.

Police paid £2,500 to bus hundreds of English Defence League supporters to a protest march in Manchester. File picture shows EDL supporters in Bradford demonstration in 2010Police paid £2,500 to bus hundreds of English Defence League supporters to a protest march in Manchester. File picture shows EDL supporters in Bradford demonstration in 2010

GMP bosses said paying for EDL transport reduced disruptions and cut the number of officers needed to funnel the supporters through the streets.

But leading city figures have slammed the right-wing group for draining the public purse.

The EDL members visited Manchester for a planned march through the city to Albert Square on Saturday, March 2.

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3 Replies to “Police pay £2,500 to bus hundreds of English Defence League supporters to protest march”

  1. I can see where it would make the polices job easier but it still surprises me that the Brit government is doing this.

  2. Yes Taffy, those comments were, save for the few negative ones, a pleasure to read. It just emphasizes just how out of touch the UK government is with her own people with all the multi/culti crap officials try to shove down their collective throats.

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