Police won’t say how much taxpayers’ cash was spent on Pippa’s wedding to avoid giving terrorists the ‘upper hand’
Scores of officers from Thames Valley Police were assigned to protect the wedding
Officials have refused to disclose the cost in case it harms national security
A spokesman said releasing the information would give criminal elements an awareness of policing decisions
Police have refused to say how much taxpayers’ money was spent on Pippa Middleton’s lavish wedding, claiming the information could give terrorists the ‘upper hand’.
Scores of officers from cash-strapped Thames Valley Police were assigned to protect the nuptials attended by several Royals, including Pippa’s sister the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Harry and top sportsmen, like Roger Federer.
Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell took charge on the day, throwing a ring of steel around the event in Berkshire in May.
But officials have refused to disclose how much the private event cost the public purse in case it harms national security.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, Thomas Valley police refused to disclose details on the grounds of National Security, Law and Order and Health and Safety.
A spokesman said: ‘To disclose the requested information would allow criminal or terrorist elements to gain an upper hand and awareness of policing decisions used to safeguard national security.’
The force also refused to say if the Royal Family, the Middleton family or the groom – hedge fund manager James Matthews – contributed to policing costs.
The wedding saw many of the great and good invited to the lavish reception, including tennis player Roger Federer and Princess Eugenie.
Billed as an enchanted forest, the reception was held in a 140-ft long glass marquee that had to be shipped specially from Belgium for the day on 20 May.
The reception took place at Pippa’s parents’ home on the outskirts of Bucklebury village, Berkshire.
St Mark’s church in nearby Englefield was also bedecked with flowers for the occasion with peony, sweetpea, asilbe, freesia, waxflower and green bell, all crammed into window boxes inside the church in addition to the large floral displays in the churchyard.
The event is said to have cost some £1.2million.
Ahead of the wedding an officer from the force was pictured on the Englefield estate clutching a folder of documents offering a glimpse at the strict security measures, as fencing, CCTV and sniffer dogs were installed on site.
It showed a step needed to be added to the church lectern, while ‘protected principals’ – thought to refer to wedding guests – were flanked by security personnel ahead of the rehearsal.
The expenditure comes as the force is currently bracing itself for funding cuts of more than £22million over the next three years which will mean 59 fewer bobbies on the beat.
Yesterday Harry Davis, Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance: ‘FOI serves an extremely important role in holding our public servants accountable and the transparency allows the public to keep wasteful spending in check.
‘Therefore if FOIs are going to be refused, they need to be on reasonable grounds and not with the aim of avoiding embarrassment for parties involved.’
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