The amount it cost for the Met Police to deploy officers to an English Defence League march and counter march earlier this year in Walthamstow can not be released under the Freedom of Information Act as officers did not give the event a special code, which is normally done.

The Walthamstow Guardian series report:

THE Met says it is unable to calculate how much it cost to police an English Defence League (EDL) protest in Walthamstow because records were not kept in the usual way for such events.

The Waltham Forest Guardian asked the force under the Freedom of Information Act what the expense was of its operation to control a march by the far-right group through the borough on September 1.

This newspaper also enquired about the costs of policing a counter-demonstration the same day and a further anti-EDL protest in Walthamstow on October 27.

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