A London council spent £12,000 on the parade for the Olympic torch to pass through its areas during the summer games, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

Your Local Guardian reports:

It cost nearly £12,000 to host the Olympic torch parade as the flame passed through Mitcham, Colliers Wood and Wimbledon on the eve of the London 2012 Games.

Figures released by Merton Council under Freedom of Information laws showed  road closures were the biggest cost as Sue Barker, Lisa Snowdon, Andy Murray, and Venus Williams carried the torch in July 2012.

The total was £11,786.10, of which £6,846.26 was spent on road closures and  £3,842.97 was spent on four council community events held along the route.

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