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Police lose case against Leeds United

West Yorkshire Police has been forced to repay Leeds United around £1 million after it lost its appeal case regarding the costs of policing matches at Elland Road stadium.

The force will pay the amount, which covers three year's worth of policing fees, after the Court of Appeal in London rejected its claim that the club was responsible for paying for policing streets and car parks near the ground. The force was seeking to overturn a previous court ruling.

The lawyer representing West Yorkshire Police argued that the area outside the stadium did not need policing on non-match-days, with the exception of one community support officer.

However, the Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson said: "The policing of the extended footprint on match-days is provided in order to maintain law and order and protect life and property in a public place.

"None of the arguments advanced on behalf of West Yorkshire Police persuades me that the law and order services provided by them in the extended footprint are different in principle from the law and order services that they provide in any other public place."

The £1 million fee was agreed on after the court heard that it cost the force around £350,000 a season to provide policing for match days.

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