Police are reviewing the round-the-clock guard outside the Ecuadorian embassy preventing the escape of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange amid concerns that it is putting a strain on resources, the Metropolitan police commissioner has said.
The cost of the operation, which began in June 2012, has reached about £10m, according to figures published last week. The Met commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, told LBC radio on Tuesday: “We won’t talk about tactics, but we are reviewing what options we have. It is sucking our resources.”
Whoever thought this was a good use of resources? No wonder the Met is trying to charge protesters to demonstrate.