Court to rule on Leeds United policing row

A dispute over who should pay for policing of matches at Leeds United's Elland Road stadium will be decided today. The Championship side has asked London's High Court for a decision on which of the services deployed by West Yorkshire Police for the last three seasons were special police

services, whether it was entitled to be repaid for services it says were wrongly categorised. The litigation involves policing in the extended footprint of land around the stadium that is not owned or leased by the club. Earlier this month, Michael Beloff QC told Mr Justice Eady that the club was

content to pay for services within the stadium or on land privately owned, leased or controlled by it. But it claimed that policing on the public highway, on land not owned or controlled by it, for the purposes of maintaining public order, did not constitute special police services.