LBC can exclusively reveal that the cost to the taxpayer has risen to £6.5million – an average of around £9,000 per day.

The Wikileaks founder has been holed up in the building in South Kensington since 20th June 2012 – 729 days or 1,049,760 minutes – as he attempts to avoid extradition to Sweden over an allegation of rape.

According to figures obtained by LBC under the Freedom of Information Act, the Metropolitan Police spent £6.4m on policing the building in South Kensington to the end of May.

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