‘Clubs should pay bill for policing’

Eric Ollerenshaw
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A FYLDE coast MP has backed calls for Premier League football clubs to foot the bill for policing.

MP Eric Ollerenshaw joined the debate on policing football matches at Westminster Hall last week.

It comes as Lancashire Police must save nearly £42m over the next four years.

The force, which has an annual budget of £287m will axe around 550 officers and 250 civilian staff from its 6,000 strong workforce, as well as around 160 from the frontline.

Coun Ollerenshaw (above) said police and the British Transport Police bear significant costs.

He said: “British Transport police does not police football grounds, it is completely separate from that, but it estimates that in 2009-10, policing premiership games on Saturdays alone cost £8m and involved deploying more than 300 police.”

Conservative MP Aidan Burley argued the current arrangements which see Premiership football clubs footing the bill for their “footprint” means inside the stadium and the surrounding car parks.

He believes this cost does not go far enough with the taxpayers’ bill for the 2009-2010 season equating to 2.5m.