Far-right 'Yorkshire Patriots' protest in Dewsbury cost West Yorkshire Police more than £215,000

More than 500 West Yorkshire Police officers were deployed to a far-right 'Yorkshire Patriots' protest in Dewsbury costing over £215,000, a freedom of information request revealed.
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A total of 520 officers attended the 'Yorkshire Patriots' demonstration and counter demonstration in Dewsbury town centre on October 12, 2019, figures revealed.

The cost of policing the protest was £215,582.30 which includes police officer/staff duties and meals.

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In addition, 24 police officers and 5 police staff worked overtime.

The demonstration in Dewsbury in October 2019The demonstration in Dewsbury in October 2019
The demonstration in Dewsbury in October 2019

The protest - from noon to 4pm - was also be joined by counter-demonstrators.

Six busy Dewsbury roads were closed on the day.

West Yorkshire Police have confirmed that seven people were arrested, mainly on suspicion of minor public order offences.

It is not known if those arrested were Yorkshire Patriots protesters or from counter-groups.

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Speaking at the time, West Yorkshire Police thanked the public and businesses in Dewsbury for their patience.

The District Commander for Kirklees, Chief Superintendent Julie Sykes, said: “I am pleased with how today’s operation went.

“A lot of planning with partners went into today’s operation to keep disruption to a minimum and most of the people of Dewsbury went about their daily business without noticing any impact at all.

"Where there was any disruption it was only for a short time.

“I would like to pass on my thanks to the people and businesses of Dewsbury for their patience and understanding today.”