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Dismay at the costs of Trump visit

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5:00pm 12th July 2018
(Updated 6:12am 13th July 2018)

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner has slammed Donald Trump's trip to the UK.

Clive Grunshaw is shocked at how much it's costing, whilst many services like the police struggle.

Clive questions the Government's approach to the state visit that saw Trump arrive in London today (12/7/18).

The Treasury announced it would make £5 million available to Police Scotland to police Trump's golf trip.

Now Clive has written to the Chief Secretary, calling for the same funding to be made available for the policing efforts at anti-fracking protests across Lancashire.

Costs have already hit £7 million at the site on Preston New Road, but the Government are only setting £1.4 million aside to help cover the operation.

frack site man on top of lorry

Clive said;

"The Government's priorities are all wrong, while it's right they support Police Scotland during President Trump's visit, it's frustrating that they won't ease the pressure on Lancashire Police.

"These are both national decisions impacting on overstretched police forces.

"The decision to allow fracking in Lancashire was one made in Westminster but it's been local residents who have been left to foot the bill.

"For months I've been calling on the Government to support our police but they have only offered the minimum possible assistance.

"The people of Lancashire will rightly be left wondering why the rules can be bent for President Trump to visit his golf resort, but not for our police force."

Despite repeated requests outlining the growing costs of the policing operation, which by the end of March 2018 will have reached close to £7 million, Lancashire has been handed just £1.4 million back from Government, the minimum allowed under Home Office rules.

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