York & North Yorkshire

Riots overtime bill cost £902,000 for North Yorkshire police

A police authority is to be told the cost of dealing with the summer riots in 2011 has resulted in an unexpected overtime bill of £902,000.

North Yorkshire Police sent about 180 officers to London to help when civil disturbances saw police brought in from across the country.

Now the county's police authority is to be told details of the total cost.

The authority said about two-thirds of this expenditure would be returned by the Home Office.

Figures in the documents the authority will consider show the annual budget for overtime was set at £2,038,000.

Forecast updated

Following the disturbances the payments had climbed to £2,940,000; an increase of £902,000.

The document says that the overtime bill should be reduced as vacancies in the control room are filled, negating payments to officers.

It says: "The forecast has been updated to include the overtime worked as a result of the national unrest experienced during the summer.

"The December forecast for police overtime has been revised based on current trends and has assumed that there will be no significant major incidents during the last quarter of the year which would result in an increase in overtime worked."

Members of the authority were due to consider the budget document on Monday, and no-one was available for comment.

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