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Climate-change protests cost the Met £7.5m

Protests: An activist blocking a London street is removed by police PICTURE: AP

BRITAIN’S most senior police officer urged ministers to consider changing the law after climate-change protests cost her force an extra £7.5million.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said nearly 1,200 people were arrested and more than 70 charged after Extinction Rebellion brought parts of London to a halt in 11 days of protests last month. She added 30 officers were still working full-time to bring cases to court.

Ms Dick (above) said the Met had been ‘working with quite ancient laws’. She criticised current Public Order Act powers as ‘limited’, adding ‘a stronger deterrent’ may be needed.

Deputy mayor for policing and crime in London, Sophie Linden, said an application will be made to recoup the £7.5million spent from the government.

Meanwhile, 72-year-old climate-change protester Genevieve Scherer appeared in court accused of refusing to move from Waterloo Bridge. She was bailed after denying failing to comply with a condition imposed by a police officer.