Cost of fighting crime

Police overtime bills in the North-East have soared by more than £7m in the 10 years since Labour came to power, official figures have revealed.

Police overtime bills in the North-East have soared by more than £7m in the 10 years since Labour came to power, official figures have revealed.

The Home Office statistics show the cost of overtime for officers across the region has risen from £10m in 1997-98 to more than £17m in 2005-06.

The price tag for civilian staff overtime, including community support officers, has climbed from £960,000 to £1.76m over the period.

Forces in the North-East said the rise was due to high profile crime-reduction campaigns in the region, as well as helping operations such as the 7/7 bombings in London and G8 summit in Scotland.

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