December 8 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Stop and search will be deployed at this weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival to “prevent the small minority who carry weapons from getting into the event”, police have warned.
The two-day festival takes place on Sunday and Monday, and hundreds of thousands are expected to turn out to enjoy music, food and entertainment.
The Met has set out its policing operation for the event, which includes raids in advance of the event to catch potential criminals, more than 13,000 officer shifts over the course of festival, and search arches and search wands being used by British Transport Police on the rail network.
This year there will be plain clothes operations running at the event to tackle pick pocketing and other crimes.
Ch Supt Mick Johnson, from the Metropolitan Police Service, said: “The success of the event and the low crime rate do not happen by accident. They are the result of meticulous planning and a close working partnership with the organisers, London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprise Trust (LNHCET), which is why the Met begins to plan for carnival as soon as the previous year’s event draws to a close.
“We want to continue this success by making sure carnival is as safe as possible for everyone who attends the event. With that in mind we will be using stop and search powers around the entry points to prevent the minority who carry weapons from getting into the event.
“We will also be carrying out raids in the run up to carnival to catch people we believe plan to cause trouble or settle scores at carnival and prevent them from attending. Carnival is a wonderful spectacle and we will do everything we can to ensure everyone who comes to the event is able to enjoy it safely.”
Pepe Francis, on behalf of LNHCET, said: “LNHCET works very closely with all the blue light services and supporting agencies as part of the operational planning and safety group to ensure that the London Notting Hill Carnival is a safe and enjoyable event.
“We are confident that all the planning that has taken place in the lead up to this showcase will allow everyone to come and enjoy the splendour, colour and vibrancy that this unique three day event presents.
“We advise that a positive mindset by all would significantly complement the festive atmosphere.”
Visitors to the carnival are also being advised to drink alcohol responsibly and take care of themselves while at the event.
Natasha Wills, London Ambulance Service Tactical Commander for Notting Hill Carnival said: “This is always a great event and we hope that everyone who attends has a safe and enjoyable time.
“We plan well in advance for the Carnival with the Metropolitan Police Service and St John Ambulance, and ensure that extra resources are available throughout the weekend.
“Our aim will be to treat as many people who need first aid at one of the treatment centres run by St John Ambulance, so they don’t have to go to hospital unless they really need to.
“Visitors to the Carnival can also help themselves by making sure they bring any medication they may need, drink alcohol responsibly and drink plenty of water. Every year we treat lots of people for cuts and injuries to their feet, it is important people wear sensible shoes that will protect their feet from any broken glass along the route”.