Taxpayers foot £140,000 bill for police overtime during Greenpeace’s Cromarty Firth rig protest

A Helicopter lands on the BP-operated rig, to deal with Greenpeace activists who boarded it.
Picture by Sandy McCook
A Helicopter lands on the BP-operated rig, to deal with Greenpeace activists who boarded it. Picture by Sandy McCook

A recent North Sea protest row that erupted between BP and Greenpeace cost the taxpayer nearly £140,000 due to Police Scotland clocking up hundreds of hours of overtime.

The stand-off, involving the environmental activist group blocking the progress of a
BP-contracted rig, lasted 12 days.

Police were called on the evening of June 10 when it was discovered campaigners had commandeered the Paul B Loyd Jnr rig as it tried to leave the Cromarty Firth.

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