Policing the Extinction Rebellion protests has cost Scotland Yard £37 million so far this year - more than twice the annual budget of its Violent Crime Taskforce.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick told journalists on Tuesday that the cost of the two-week protest action this month had cost £21 million, a bill set to rise by several million pounds.
This included £3.5 million for overtime, just under £6 million for officers who were drafted in from 38 other forces in England and Wales, and £11.8 million staffing costs.
Protest action by Extinction Rebellion in April cost the Met £16 million, meaning the bill so far this year is £37 million. The annual budget for its Violent Crime Taskforce is £15 million.
So far this year there have been 115 homicides in London, compared with 112 at the same point in 2018. This includes 77 stabbings and nine shootings.