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Yorkshire Tour de France police costs could come in over budget

Tour de France briefing at West Yorkshire Police's Carr Gate training facility, in Wakefield. Picture by Simon Hulme

Tour de France briefing at West Yorkshire Police's Carr Gate training facility, in Wakefield. Picture by Simon Hulme

  • by Jonathan Brown
 

The rising cost of policing the world’s greatest cycle race could come out of Yorkshire residents’ council tax contributions.

Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Mark Milsom, who is coordinating the Yorkshire Tour de France police operation, has hinted “additional costs” outside the £21m regional Tour budget will be incurred.

Questions were first raised when North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan criticised organisers for failing to take into account policing costs in September, after just £435,000 of the budget was allocated for police planning.

North Yorkshire Police will use a £500,000 underspend from its 2012-13 budget to pay for operational costs, but the YEP understands figures will not be released by South or West Yorkshire Police until after the event.

Mr Milsom said: “Would the public of West Yorkshire and further afield not expect the rates of council tax they pay towards their policing to be part of the contribution of making the biggest event in their area a success? There is some additional cost in it but it can be overplayed.”

He said that the £21m was “hardly a drop in the ocean” but “was always going to be a contribution to the cost” and would not cover it all.

 

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