South Yorkshire police forced to spend almost £5m since start of 2012 on keeping peace at demonstrations
South Yorkshire police have spent nearly £5m on policing far-right protests since the beginning of 2012, figures have shown.
Freedom of information requests by the Guardian have revealed that 99.5% of the force’s overall expenditure on protests from the beginning of 2012 to October this year went on policing demonstrations by far-right groups.
Between the start of 2012 and October 2016, the force spent £4,672,083 on policing demonstrations by the far right, with a single demonstration in Rotherham in September 2014 costing just over £1m. The figures provided by the force do not include salaries and planning costs, so the total figure is likely to be higher.
Of the police forces that responded to the Guardian’s request for information, South Yorkshire’s overall costs were by far the highest.