Climate protesters ‘should be billed’ for Scots demonstration

By Lucy Collins

Published: 25/08/2010

Climate-change protesters who broke the law should pay some of the estimated £100,000 bill for policing the demonstration, a police authority spokesman said yesterday.

Iain Whyte, convener of the Lothian and Borders Police Board, also predicted the cost of policing the five-day “climate camp” protest against the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh could be even higher.

The force said yesterday it had arrested and charged 18 people in connection with the protest since the camp was established at Gogarburn on Thursday.

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