Challenge over Leeds United policing costs

West Yorkshire Police are at the High Court today challenging the ruling that they should pay for policing Leeds United games. Below is a satement from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson

I fully support the Force's position on this. We are almost half way through a four year period that will see Government funding for policing in West Yorkshire reduce by over £100 million and officer and police staff reductions of 2000 in total.

I don't think it is fair on the communities and people across West Yorkshire that sports clubs or other organisations can expect significant numbers of police resources to be made available to support events without them making a proportionate contribution to the costs, especially when officers are abstracted from their normal work in other neighbourhoods to do so. These organisations need to take more responsibility for their policing needs and I believe it is right for the Force to point out the risks associated with losing the court case at this time."

– West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson