Protecting London`s VIPs costs £310,000 a day
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 05, 2010, 22:11
London: London police spent a whopping 113 million pounds to protect the Royal Family and other VIPs, including former Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in the past year, it was announced today.

This meant that the Metropolitan Police incurred an expense of 310,000 pounds per day to protect the VIPs.

The money was spent on armed bodyguards who accompany those considered to be at risk, as well as patrols outside royal buildings and embassies.

The figure for 2009-10 was 11 per cent lower than the previous 12-month period, BBC reported.

Scotland Yard has confirmed the Queen, the Prince of Wales and Prime Minister David Cameron receive protection.

Others who are known to be shadowed include former prime ministers such as Tony Blair and Sir John Major, and former Pakistan president Musharraf.

The list is continually reviewed by senior police officers, civil servants and diplomatic representatives.

Reacting to the huge sum spent on security for VIPs, Jenny Jones, a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, said it was "indefensible" to spend so much.

"The government has to act quickly to cut the number of people protected, to show they care more about policing for ordinary people, not just the privileged," the Green Party politician said.


First Published: Thursday, August 05, 2010, 22:11

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