Hampshire Constabulary submits £1.25m bill for policing the London riots

TROUBLE Rioters on the streets of London in August
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POLICE hope to claw back more than £1.2m for their response to the London riots.

Hampshire Constabulary has billed the Metropolitan Police £705,000 for specialist officers sent to help tackle violence that swept parts of the capital in August.

The force also hopes to recoup £552,000 from the Home Office – bringing the total to £1.257m.

But it has not yet received any guarantee from the Home Office that its claim will be paid.

If the cash is repaid, it will boost the coffers for policing in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight as the force battles to save up to £50m by 2015.

The money will be added to a £6.369m underspend forecast this financial year.

Finance director for Hampshire Constabulary Michael Coombes said: ‘We have made a mutual aid claim to the Metropolitan Police for £705,000. We have received a purchase order from the Met for this amount in full and have issued a sales invoice, so we expect to receive reimbursement in full.

‘We have made an application to the Home Office for special grant of £552,000. I’ve received an email from the Home Office to request some further information, but no indication is given as to whether any grant is likely to be received.’

Specialist public order officers provided backup to the Met for more than a month after violence swept London – with some working up to 22-hour shifts.

Hampshire officers also helped out in the West Midlands.

Meanwhile, in Hampshire some rest days were cancelled and police worked 12-hour shifts to keep the public safe during the height of the trouble. No rise in crime was reported in The News area in the period.

Councillor Adrian Collett, Hampshire Police Authority vice-chairman, said the force keeps reserves for unexpected events.

He said: ‘The Police Authority maintains a general reserve to pay for one-off events such as this. The authority’s Medium Term Financial Strategy continues to maintain reserves for contingency purposes so the force will continue to be in a position to respond to events such as this.’