Far-right groups should be banned from staging protests because each one costs up to half a million pounds to police, a senior officer has said.
South Yorkshire Chief Constable, David Crompton, said the money could be better spent on other issues and he urged the Government to make more funds available or consider changing the law.
The English Defence League has staged three major protests in Rotherham over the last 18 months and Mr Crompton said the cost of ensuring such events pass off smoothly was having a major impact on his Force’s budget.
He told the Yorkshire Post: “Either somebody changes the law so that it’s less easy to do this or alternatively there are some funds available that we can tap into.
“As it stands, we have a lot of power over marches but we don’t have in any way the same control over assemblies.”
He said they needed to look at options which would place restrictions on the right to assembly, but he also recognised it was a touchy subject and was connected to freedom of speech.
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Looks like another bit of freedom in the UK bites the dirt. But we have this marvellous diversity to replace it! Isn’t that grand?