Met pays thousands of pounds to Bexley homeowners each year for doors damaged during raids
PUBLISHED: 15:29 23 August 2013 | UPDATED: 15:29 23 August 2013
Police pay out thousands of pounds each year to people in Bexley 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 more than £13,000 compensation for door repairs in the borough.
Police could not say whether the claims related to raids in which the wrong address had been targeted.
The number of claims each year ranges from 21 (2011/12) to 28 (2010/11). Each year roughly a fifth are successful, with 19 of 92 since 2009 attracting compensation.
The average amount paid out per successful claim is about £700.
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.”