Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Match-Day Bill

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Match-Day Bill

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Byline: Sandy Mckenzie

The Bill for policing on match days at Boro's Riverside Stadium this season will top pounds 600,000.

But Cleveland Police recovers less than pounds 150,000 from Middlesbrough FC.

The force also has to bear a net cost of more than pounds 80,000 for policing in Hartlepool on match days at the Victoria Ground.

The figures have been revealed in a report to Cleveland Police Authority's Executive.

And police chiefs say they are now engaged in talks with the clubs about recovering more of the overall costs of policing football crowds.

The number of officers deployed to cover football matches depend on the assessed risk. There are four categories from the lowest assessed risk Category A game through to the highest assessed risk Category C+ match.

It can mean more than 200 officers being deployed to police Middlesbrough football crowds.

Under a national agreement between the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Football Association only the policing costs inside stadia are recoverable by police forces.

In a report to the police authority Executive, police chiefs said:

* The cost of policing football matches at Middlesbrough FC in the 2003/04 season was pounds 612,215. The total amount recovered from Middlesbrough FC was pounds 145,385 leaving pounds 466,830 to be found by Cleveland Police.

* The cost for policing at Hartlepool FC matches was pounds 107,802, with pounds 26,600 recovered from the club and pounds 84,174 being met by police.

* Policing at Redcar Racecourse in 2003/04 cost pounds 8,080 which was all recovered from the Redcar Race Company.

In their report the police chiefs warned next season's costs would include policing at least one European home qualifying game at Boro plus a possible group stage of another four home games.

They said that as these games would be an unknown quantity with regard to risk assessment all would be considered Category C games - the second highest risk category. …

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