Jonathan Ross’ Halloween party funded by £500 of taxpayers money
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Police presence at Jonathan Ross’ Hampstead home during his celebrity Halloween party cost the taxpayer over £500.
Two police officers were sent to the comedian’s annual party, held at his home in Hampstead Garden Suburb,to protect the public from the “potential danger” posed by overcrowding on the pavements.
The cost of this was revealed in an Freedom of Information document detailing that Barnet police provided support costing £531.80, none of which was paid by Ross.
The anonymous person who made the request wrote: “Two police officers were present at the party. There was paid-for security present and no need for the police.”
In response, Barnet police said private parties should organise their own adequate security in future because it is “no longer desirable for police to resource for a lack of organiser planning”.
The statement added: “We will, of course, continue to offer advice when requested. Local officers will continue to attend and interact at events of all kinds as this is an integral way to foster support and trust in the police.”
Ross’ Halloween celebrations are well-known for attracting famous faces and local residents alike.
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Guests at last year’s party included Simon Pegg, Claudia Schiffer and David Walliams.