Anti-arms campaigners Smash EDO have cost taxpayers £1 million.
Wednesday’s against the EDO MBM factory in Moulsecoomb, in which 200 protesters were policed by about 250 officers from multiple forces, is believed to have cost hundreds of thousands alone.
That figure, combined with the cost of policing other Smash EDO marches, will mean £1 million has been spent on protests against the factory in the past two years.
The cost comes at a time when the force is expecting to have to make £52 million in cuts in the next four years.
Brighton and Hove City Council leader Mary Mears said: “I think
residents will be horrified council taxpayers’ money is being used this way.
However, Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas said: “You can’t say £1 million is unjustified when not everyone supports Smash EDO. You could say that about anything.
“Not everyone drives but we spend millions on road policing.
I very much regret the fact the costs were so high, particularly at a time when finances are tight.
“I would suggest Smash EDO and the police need to get round a table together.”
Smash EDO are planning to dress in ripped clothing, masks and fake blood for a “horror demo” on October 27.
For the full story, including a breakdown of figures, see The Argus.