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PM's north Suffolk visit cash review

PUBLISHED: 10:39 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:25 05 July 2010

THE Home Office are still considering reimbursing Suffolk police for money spent on protecting the Prime Minister while he holidayed in north Suffolk.

The security costs for Gordon Brown's two week summer holiday cost the taxpayer £160,000.

THE Home Office are still considering reimbursing Suffolk police for money spent on protecting the Prime Minister while he holidayed in north Suffolk.

The security costs for Gordon Brown's two week summer holiday cost the taxpayer £160,000.

Police spent the money on round-the-clock security arrangements while the Prime Minister was renting a seven-bedroom house with his family at Shadingfield last July and August.

Suffolk Constabulary has since written to the Government in the hope of recovering the money.

At the time, a spokeswoman for the Home Office said: “If a local police force has to incur additional policing costs for a Government event, then the police authority can request special grant support from the Home Secretary.

“This is a discretionary grant and the level of support depends on the relative size of the authority's reserves and the force's capability to deal with major incidents.”

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