A total waste of money? Police defend a high-profile operation at Rugby station

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A WEST HAM fan is angry about the high police presence at Rugby station on Saturday for a football match that took place in another city.

Steve Heighton, of Rugby, will write to the chief constable of Warwickshire Police asking why a high number of officers - complete with vans and police dogs - went to Rugby instead of Coventry.

Thousands of football fans watched Coventry City take on and lose to West Ham at the Ricoh Arena at the weekend.

“There were 15 to 20 officers at the station,” said Mr Heighton.

“I want to know why they were in Rugby and how much the operation is going to cost the taxpayer. As far as I’m concerned this was a total waste of money.”

Brian Price, spokesman for the British Transport Police, said: “We were aware there was a high number of West Ham fans travelling up from London so we put contingency plans in place with Warwickshire Police. There was around 1,000 people travelling to the game at The Ricoh in Coventry so we had the presence in Rugby in case they stopped off.”

No arrests were made.