Police are using helicopters at a cost of around £1m a year to move cash around Manchester in an effort to protect security drivers from attack and witnesses from ‘trauma’.
The tax payers Alliance called it a ‘ridiculous’ allocation of resources – football clubs have to pay for police resources, why not the banks. Other police forces have to pay Manchester £1,650 an hour for the use of this helicopter.
A police source said ”What are we supposed to do? Leave security to the bank managers and their staff? Of course not.
“Our whole society is underpinned by the use of money, so we need to protect it and protect the people who move it around. Unlike football, we are talking about a direct threat to the lives of people, namely the security guards who carry the money in and out of their vans.”
Will the helicopters be big enough when inflation really kicks in?