Anti-Islamic pastor to pay police bill

Monday 20 September 2010 00:00

The pastor who threatened to burn copies of the Koran on the ninth anniversary of 9/11 has been hit with a bill for more than $180,000 (£115,000) by the city of Gainesville, Florida, for the disruption his stunt caused.

It took local police more than a month to prepare security plans for the community near the church run by Terry Jones, who never ultimately went through with the burning.

Mr Jones, who has a congregation of 50, said that the church had not been informed that it might be billed for the operation. "If we had known this in advance, then we would have refused security," he told CNN.

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