It cost more than £200,000 for the Olympic torch to pass through Leicestershire last year a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Leicester Mercury report: 

More than £230,000 of public money was spent paving the way for the Olympic torch relay to pass through Leicester and Leicestershire last summer.

The famous flame was cheered through the streets during its 8,000-mile journey across the UK to the Olympic Park in London for the start of the 2012 Games.

Leicester City Council has now revealed how much it spent hosting the torch when it arrived in the city, in response to a Freedom of Information request.

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