Notting Hill Carnival - safer and better

Notting Hill Carnival - safer and better

Date published: 
17 January 2017
  • The London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust Ltd (LNHCET), which organises the Carnival, is run by volunteers with little staffing or resource.
  • Crime at Carnival has always been a concern: and now we are seeing a rise in violence. In 2016 the Metropolitan Police recorded 151 offences of violence against the person on Sunday and Monday: an 86 per cent increase on the 81 incidents in 2010. Four stabbings almost became murders.
  • Overcrowding poses a significant safety risk, with the Met Police warning of a potentially “catastrophic public safety incident” which could result in loss of life.
  • Notting Hill Carnival is a standout event in London’s cultural calendar, visited by over a million Londoners and tourists each year.

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has gathered evidence from the Met Police, Carnival organisers, local councils, the event’s stewarding firm and the public to publish its report, 'Notting Hill - safer and better' - which examines the issue of policing and safety at the Carnival and makes recommendations for the Mayor.

The report recommends that the Mayor should:

  • Help the LNHCET put it on a more formal and financially sustainable footing, giving it greater responsibility and ownership of Carnival.
  • In partnership with the LNHCET examine the evidence base for change and consider the range of options—such as changing the parade route or moving elements of Carnival—to improve crowd management and safety.