Police service court outcomes

The following outline the judgments of two cases in relation to police charging at events.

What was the judgment of the court of appeal in Reading Festival Limited v West Yorkshire Police (The Mean Fiddler Case)?

The Court held that the police may recover the cost of policing outside the event, provided that the policing had been at the request of the event organiser. However, the organiser had made no explicit request in this case and none could be implied.

What was the judgment of the court in Greater Manchester Police v Wigan Athletic?

The Court held that, once there has been a request for special police services, the police are entitled to charge for services provided within the curtilage of the ground (on its private land) as well as inside the ground but not for normal police services further afield.