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Policing cost ofter terror attack was £1.7m

12.11.07

Over £1.7million was spent on police overtime in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport. The figure was revealed in a report last week by outgoing Chief Constable William Rae to the Joint Police Board. The police force have applied to the Scottish Government to ask it to pick up the bill.

The cost of extra pay due to the terror attack contributed to a massive £2,518,210 overspend by Strathclyde Police last year. All leave was cancelled to provide as many officers on the ground as possible to probe the events of June 30, to guard the terror suspect in hospital and guard against with other possible attacks.

On the day of the attack, hundreds of detectives worked round the clock with anti-terrorist colleagues. Extra security was provided by uniformed and plain-clothes officers at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where one of the suspects was treated.

Officers were also on guard duty at police stations across the force area and Glasgow and Prestwick airports. Patrols were also stepped up in areas with vulnerable targets, including other public buildings.

Hundreds of officers claimed overtime - paid to all constables and sergeants - for long hours worked in the period after the attack. An average shift lasts 8 hours but many officers worked shifts of 12 hours or more.

Officers were paid a total of £1,555,800 in overtime from June 30 to the start of September. A further £155,590 was paid out in national insurance payments and £52,510 in day-to-day expenses such as travel - bringing a total cost to the taxpayer of £1,763,900.

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