TAXPAYERS have been hit with a six-figure bill for a far-right demonstration.
New figures show an English Defence League’s (EDL) protest in Dewsbury in June cost £172,000 to police.
Seven hundred officers were deployed to deal with the 600-strong demonstration at the town’s railway station on June 11.
Six people were arrested during the 40-minute protest.
West Yorkshire Police revealed yesterday that it spent £50,000 planning its operation and another £100,000 on overtime payments and extra officers.
British Transport Police spent £22,835 on the demonstration.
Former Dewsbury MP Shahid Malik yesterday criticised the cost of policing the demonstration.
The Labour man said: “This is a massive drain on police resources that could have been better spent reducing crime and helping victims. I’ve no doubt the vast majority of taxpayers in West Yorkshire would agree with that.
“In the face of massive cuts which will lead to the loss of 759 officers in West Yorkshire, there can be no justification for police operations that allow the EDL to spread their poison.”