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Series of major incidents sees Met postpone 184,000 rest days due to officers

By Ryan Hooper

Snapshot figures from the Metropolitan Police hint at how a slew of major incidents has put pressure on front line resources.

While Scotland Yard was not able to produce data relating to the number of rest days owed to its officers in September 2017, the last time the country's terror level was set at "critical", the force said some 184,000 days were due to be re-rostered as of the beginning of April.

Based on the roughly 30,000 full-time equivalent officers in the country's largest police force, it works out at around six rest days owed per member of frontline staff.

The figure is expected to have been higher in September, following the Westminster, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green terror attacks, and the Grenfell Tower fire.

Responding to figures, obtained under Freedom of Information laws, Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said: "2017 was an unprecedented year for policing in London.

"We have been clear that in dealing with the terrible events of Westminster Bridge, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Grenfell fire we have been stretched, and that officers have had to work on rest days, and indeed on bank holidays.

"Officers working on these investigations, and in our communities, have been working long hours, including the cancellation of rest days, and I have been amazed by the continued dedication and commitment that is being shown."

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