Keeping the Public Safe at Football Games (7 March 2013)

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said today:

"The judgement today says that for the time being council tax payers must subsidise the costs of Policing football games. However, I feel that with £100 million of cuts to West Yorkshire Police, meaning we are losing 2000 officers and staff, that this burden is unfair and unreasonable. It is a wake up call for the need for clear rules to govern the way businesses involved fairly cover the real costs of directly Policing matches. I will be working with other Police and Crime Commissioner's nationally to lobby the Home Office for legislation to bring to an end the lack of clarity which has existed, and which should never have been the case."

"Like any other sports fan, I want to be able to go to a match and be in a safe stadium, and West Yorkshire Police will continue to work tirelessly to ensure this is the case and it will be my insistence to the Chief Constable that safety and fans interests always come first."

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