Le Tour: policing costs worry

Concern's been raised today over the footing of the bill for the policing of next year's Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire.

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Tour de France causing "problems" for police

There are claims next year's Tour de France will leave our police forces facing a 'very difficult position'.

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says those who bid for the event underestimated the cost, leaving resources stretched.

Julia Mulligan has asked for a slice of the funding promised by the Government to help cover security.

But today one minister slapped that down, appearing to snub Yorkshire's bid. Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand reports.

Le Tour: concern over policing costs

The cost of policing next year's Tour de France in Yorkshire has been raised by both North Yorkshire's Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan and the Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney.

Three Yorkshire forces will be among those providing hundreds of officers on July 5 and 6 next year to ensure the safety of spectators and cyclists on the opening days of the sport's most famous race.

North Yorkshire Police is responsible for 60 per cent of the route and Julia Mulligan says the event would leave her force with a bill of more than half a million pounds.

Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney earlier raised the issue in the House of Commons - and got short shrift from Sports Minister Hugh Robertson.


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