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The delirium caused my the Olympic torch passing through Scotland on its way to the London 2012 games cost the taxpayer at least £800,000 it has been revealed. 

Deadline News in Scotland who obtained information under the Freedom of Information Act found that the money was spent on security, CCTV, extra bins, safety barriers, flags, and other entertainment as the Olympic Torch passed through the country for a week.

They report:

The final total is likely to be much higher because figures were provided by only one of the nation’s eight police forces.

Strathclyde alone spent £195,000 to police the relay.

Among the biggest spending councils was Edinburgh which spent £95,000 on the torch relay.

The council’s spend included £49,000 on Olympic torch celebrations at Edinburgh Castle.

East Renfrewshire spent £59,329, including £4,840 on “flags for school children and school name markers for route”.

Aberdeen City Council blew £86,196 on the event, including £244 on “balloon modellers”.

However, the figure may not tell the whole story as the police did not provide figures on the cost to them.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare since ever since.