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US News Scotland Yard comes under fire after spending more than £8million on flights including £400,000 on luxury first class travel while making huge cuts to frontline services

11:00  08 may  2018
11:00  08 may  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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than £ 8 million on flights including £ 400 , 000 on luxury first class travel while making huge cuts to frontline services . total spent on flights for all officers and staff over the last three years.Officers racked up a £ 4,838,689 bill for non-economy seats, including £ 407,952 on 114 first - class tickets.

CASH-strapped Scotland Yard has spent more than £ 8 .5 million on flights in less than three years, new figures reveal. Around £ 4. 8 million of this "unacceptable" sum was spent on non-economy flights and £ 400 , 000 on first class alone, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) found. PA:Press Association.

Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick has seen more than £600million taken from her budget © PA Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick has seen more than £600million taken from her budget Scotland Yard has spent almost £5million on premium flights while making huge cuts to frontline services.

Officers racked up a £4,838,689 bill for non-economy seats, including £407,952 on 114 first-class tickets.

The total for the past three years comes to more than half the entire £8,577,748 spent on flights for officers and staff.

a sign on the side of a building: Officers racked up a £4,838,689 bill for non-economy seats, including £407,952 on 114 first-class tickets © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Officers racked up a £4,838,689 bill for non-economy seats, including £407,952 on 114 first-class tickets The latest figures were obtained by the TaxPayers’ Alliance under freedom of information laws.

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Policy analyst Duncan Simpson said: ‘It is completely unacceptable that we are taxed to pay for luxury flights that few of us could ever enjoy ourselves. 

'Members of the police will, in the course of their duties, have to take flights occasionally, but it is difficult to understand why they should be travelling so expensively.’

a helicopter flying in the air: Figures from the Taxpayers' Alliance revealed the Metropolitan Police spent £5million on premium flights © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Figures from the Taxpayers' Alliance revealed the Metropolitan Police spent £5million on premium flights The Metropolitan Police Service did not give a breakdown of the costs but among its responsibilities is guarding senior politicians, diplomats and the Royal Family.

A spokesman said: ‘In all instances, the most economical fare is purchased that meets the needs of the traveller and the reason for the visit.

‘The work of the Met officers and staff can require them to travel abroad for investigative and operational reasons.’

Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick, who is battling a surge in violent crime, has seen more than £600million taken from her budget. 

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