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More than £50 million spent policing Extinction Rebellion protests since 2019

Policing Extinction Rebellion protests has cost the taxpayer more than £50 million since 2019, and this figure is expected to rise by millions as fresh action is planned in the coming weeks. Commander Rachel Williams told a press briefing the figure covers the Metropolitan Police’s response to three prolonged demonstrations in which activists camped in the streets in April and October 2019 and September 2020. The environmental group is due to stage a similar occupation in central London for two weeks from August 23, with its main aim this year being to demand the Government halts all new investment in fossil fuels. Deputy assistant commissioner Matt Twist explains the impact of XR protests for the Metropolitan Police and urged activists to “consider the consequences” of their actions on the people of London.

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