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Protecting London`s VIPs costs £310,000 a day

Last Updated: Thursday, August 5, 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 5, 2010 - 22:11

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