Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds United policing costs dispute: Judgement reserved

Elland Road stadium
The action was described in court as a "test case"

Judgement has been reserved in a dispute over payment for policing Leeds United's stadium on match days.

The Championship club said it was wrong for West Yorkshire Police to charge it for policing streets and car parks near its Elland Road ground.

The club wants the charges to be ruled "illegal" in the High Court. The police force said its boundaries were strategically determined.

Mr Justice Eady will give his judgement later this year.

At a hearing last week Michael Beloff QC told the judge the action was "in the nature of a test case" and the footballing and policing worlds hoped the ruling would provide "powerful guidance" on the issue.

John Beggs QC, for the police, told the court Leeds United's home matches had one of the worst records for football-related violence in the UK.

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