West Ham United, Millwall and Charlton have run up a bill of nearly £1million in policing costs.

Between the start of last year’s football season (August 2014) and May of this year the Metropolitan Police Service picked up a bill of £4.2million through staffing outside football games.

While stewarding in stadiums and grounds are picked up by football clubs, the police presence required outside the stadium is covered by the police alone.

The London football team creating the largest policing bill was Chelsea, at £627,275, followed by Arsenal with a bill of £491,869 and Tottenham Hotspur with a bill of £480,433.

Millwall was close behind with a bill of £399,291, while Charlton’s is £254,859 and West Ham United owes £333,483.

Team Total cost of deployment Cost recovery Unrecovered costs
Millwall £517,497 £118,206 £399,291
Charlton £288,567 £33,709 £254,859
West Ham United £429,284 £90,801 £330,483

The information has been revealed by Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group leader Caroline Pidgeon, following a written question to the Mayor of London

She said: “Just this week the Met’s Commissioner has warned Londoners of the immense budget pressures now facing our police service with the possible prospect of thousands of police officers posts being lost.

“At a time when budgets are so incredibly stretched it is simply madness that commercial football teams, some of which are owned by billionaires and paying out million pound salaries to their players, are not paying the full police costs generated by their matches.”