Peter Aldous on Corrie McKeague costs | Latest Norfolk and Suffolk News

PUBLISHED: 23:13 07 February 2018 | UPDATED: 23:13 07 February 2018

Corrie McKeague in a picture uploaded by his mother. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Corrie McKeague in an image uploaded by his mom. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


Ministers have been urged to reimburse a police drive as quickly as attainable for its £2.1 million investigation into the disappearance of lacking RAF gunner Corrie McKeague.

Corrie McKeague search at the Milton Landfill site in Cambridgeshire. Pictures: GREGG BROWNCorrie McKeague search on the Milton Landfill web site in Cambridgeshire. Pictures: GREGG BROWN

Tory Peter Aldous mentioned Suffolk Constabulary, who he mentioned had carried out an “extensive search” for Mr McKeague, had utilized to the Home Office for reimbursement of the costs.

The 23-year-old was final seen strolling by Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in September 2016 after an evening out with buddies.

Mr Aldous (Waveney) raised Mr McKeague’s disappearance throughout a debate within the Commons on a movement to set police budgets subsequent 12 months, telling MPs: “Police budgeting is a really tough science as occasions will happen that you would be able to by no means predict.

“One of those is the tragic case of the airman Corrie McKeague, who disappeared after an evening out within the constituency of (Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill).

Drone image of police searching a landfill site in Cambridgeshire. Picture Lee Blanchflower/Blanc CreativeDrone picture of police looking out a landfill web site in Cambridgeshire. Picture Lee Blanchflower/Blanc Creative

“Quite rightly Suffolk Constabulary have carried out an in depth seek for Corrie, which very sadly has not but shed any mild on his disappearance.

“This search has so far cost £2.15 million, an application has been made to the Home Office for the repayment of these costs and I would urge the minister to process this application and reimburse Suffolk Constabulary as soon as practicably possible.”

He mentioned “a further unforeseen cost” Suffolk Constabulary “may have to bear” might come from policing of roads round Ipswich Town Football Club on match days.

“Last week the Supreme Court dominated that Suffolk Police couldn’t attraction the case and they need to cowl the price of this policing.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous. Picture: Courtesy of Mr Aldous' officeWaveney MP Peter Aldous. Picture: Courtesy of Mr Aldous’ workplace

“This could well result in significant back payments to the football club for the period from 2008 to 2013.”

Mr Aldous mentioned he didn’t agree with the choice and thought it was “wrong of the football club to pursue the case”.

“I question whether it is morally right for the public and the taxpayer to ultimately be paying for the policing of sporting and leisure events which can generate significant revenues for the clubs involved.”

He added: “I feel it’s flawed that the taxpayer has to choose up this Bill.

“The decision in the courts could have ramifications for police forces all around the country and I urge the Home Office to bring forward legislation to address this problem as quickly as possible.”

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