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Leeds United Wins Test Case Over Policing Costs

Tue 24th Jul 2012 | Money & Finance

Leeds United have been successful in their test case against policing costs levied by West Yorkshire Police with Mr Justice Eady giving judgment in favour of the club.

West Yorkshire Police had sought to charge the club not just for policing in the stadium, but also for policing within a "footprint", covering public car parks and the public highway abutting Elland Road.

Mr Justice Eady held that such policing was within the normal duties of constables and hence could not be charged for as Special Police Services under section 25 of the Police Act 1996.

Mr Justice Eady said at paragraph 41 of his judgment: "It seems wrong to discount the majority of well-behaved fans who come to Elland Road, whether Club supporters or visitors, all of whom retain their status as members of the public. In that capacity, they too are entitled to expect police protection."

Speaking of the decision Leeds United Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: "We have never objected to paying for the cost of policing on land owned, leased or controlled by the Club.

“However West Yorkshire Police's stance, to seek to charge us for policing the public highway and for areas away from the ground is a step too far.

“We have been paying under protest for the last 3 seasons on this basis and are pleased to have received this clarification in a dispute which was only capable of being resolved in front of a judge.

“Leeds United continues to have a very good relationship with West Yorkshire Police and are committed with West Yorkshire Police to minimising the use of police resources for policing Leeds United home games and to ensuring that all spectators at Elland Road are accorded the highest standards of protection, safety and comfort.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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