Leeds United awarded £1.2m in row over policing

Leeds have received more than £1.2 million in a dispute with West Yorkshire Police

Leeds have received more than £1.2 million in a dispute with West Yorkshire Police

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POLICE chiefs have handed Leeds United more than £1.2 million after the High Court ruled that the Championship club had been overcharged for policing at home games, a judge has heard.

But Leeds’ bosses claim that they are still owed more than £800,000, Sir David Eady was told.

The figures emerged today after the judge examined the latest stage of the dispute between West Yorkshire Police and Leeds.

Two years ago Eady ruled that the force overcharged for “special police services” over three seasons between 2009 and 2012, following a High Court hearing.

West Yorkshire Police and Leeds are now arguing over exactly how much should be repaid. Eady said a “particular problem” related to the policing of areas of land near the entrance to Elland Road – where a statue of Billy Bremner was sited.

The judge said that, because of crowd movement, there was no “definitive method” of identifying how many officers were needed in each area. He said the only practical solution was to attribute a “fair and reasonable proportion” to each area.

He said Leeds wanted a “detailed breakdown” of how many officers were deployed on each match day and at “what rate of remuneration”. But he said that would go beyond what was reasonable and impose unnecessary burdens upon police bosses.

* Leeds have announced their shirt numbers for the new season, with Sam Byram now wearing the No 2, Matt Smith the club’s new No 9 and Rudy Austin taking the No 4 that was vacated by Tom Lees.

Leeds squad numbers: 1 Marco Silvestri, 2 Sam Byram, 3 Stephen Warnock, 4 Rodolph Austin, 6 Jason Pearce, 7 Luke Murphy, 9 Matt Smith, 10 Noel Hunt, 11 Aidan White, 12 Gaetano Berardi, 13 Stuart Taylor, 14 Tommaso Bianchi, 15 Scott Wootton, 18 Michael Tonge, 19 Steve Morison, 20 David Norris, 21 Charlie Taylor, 22 Zac Thompson, 23 Lewis Cook, 24 Chris Dawson, 25 Ross Killock, 26 Dominic Poleon, 27 Alex Mowatt, 28 Lewis Walters, 29 Souleymane Doukara, 30 Alex Cairns.

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