Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire police force bills Met £705,000 for riot cover

Hampshire Constabulary has billed the Metropolitan Police £705,000 for deploying officers to London during the summer riots.

Specialist public order teams from the force provided back up to the Met for more than a month after violence flared up in the capital in August.

The force, which also covers the Isle of Wight, needs to save £50m by 2015.

It hopes to secure more than half a million pounds from the Home Office but has yet to receive any guarantee.

At the height of the riots in London, 50 officers from Hampshire were sent to the city following requests from the Metropolitan Police.

Although there was no disorder in Hampshire, six arrests were made for inciting riots on social media.

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