Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trump Visit Needed 200 North East Police Staff

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trump Visit Needed 200 North East Police Staff

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THE North East sent 200 police officers to help protect Donald Trump during his UK visit, new figures have revealed.

Research from The Mirror reveals every force in Britain helped out during the US President's trip in July last year, which cost PS18m over four days.

The Journal's sister paper, The Mirror used freedom of information laws to ask 45 UK regional police forces, and two special police forces, how many of their officers were "involved in policing the visit" by Donald Trump.

The 28 that replied in full committed 1,754 officers to the trip - despite none of those forces being based where the visit took place.

Northumbria Police, around 300 miles from the visit, sent 85 officers for President Trump's UK visit. Durham Constabulary sent 59 officers for the visit, while Cleveland Police sent 56.

A further 1,089 officers were provided by British Transport Police and 141 by the Ministry of Defence Police.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said: "This is a huge drain on police resources, which have been cut to the bone over years of Tory cuts.

"The operational decision to deploy thousands of extra police isn't being questioned. But it reflects the huge unpopularity of Donald Trump across the country.

"When serious violent crime is rising, and police are over-stretched, ministers clearly aren't prioritising the safety and security of our communities."

Chief constables have previously confirmed it cost almost PS18m to protect the President and police huge protests during the July trip.

The Mirror focused on HQs that were forced to send officers outside their usual area.

London's Met Police committed more than 2,500 of its own officers to Trump's visit and spent more than PS2.8m.

Thames Valley Police, which oversaw the President's visit to Windsor Castle, Blenheim Palace and Chequers, has not confirmed the number of officers it committed but spent around PS6m. …

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