Exclusive: Met pays thousands of pounds to Bromley homeowners each year for doors damaged during raids
PUBLISHED: 12:38 23 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:38 23 August 2013
Police pay out thousands of pounds each year to people in Bromley for damaging their doors during raids.
The figures, which came to light following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Times, show since 2009/10 the Met has paid nearly £25,000 compensation for door repairs in the borough.
It’s nearly double the £13,000 paid out in neighbouring Bexley.
Police could not say whether the claims related to raids in which the wrong address had been targeted.
The number of claims each year has fallen steadily from 33 in 2009/10 to 22 in 2012/13. Each year roughly a quarter are successful, with 27 of 114 since 2009 attracting compensation.
The average amount paid out per successful claim is about £925.
Across the capital, the Met spends more than £200,000 a year on compensation following raids – the equivalent of nine entry level constables’ salaries – but again officers could not say how much of this related to raids on the wrong properties.
Eleanor McGrath, campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “This is a considerable amount of taxpayers’ money for the Met to waste as a result of damaged doors.
“It’s very important police are able to fight crime effectively and that means they get the right address during raids.”