London Notting Hill Carnival

Is crime raining on the Carnival parade?

04 November 2016

At this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, 15 people were stabbed[1], including one teenager who was attacked with a ‘zombie killer’ knife[2]

Met Police Commander Dave Musker told the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee: “Each year…we come exceptionally close to a major catastrophic failure of public safety where members of the public will suffer serious injury. There are instances in our memory across this country where those things have happened and substantial numbers of people have died. I can think of Hillsborough, I can think of Ibrox.[3].“

Has the Carnival outgrown its venue?

Would crime and safety improve if Carnival were ticketed?

The Police and Crime Committee will hold the last of its public meetings into security and policing at Notting Hill Carnival on Monday.

The Committee will hear from the following guests:

  • Commander BJ Harrington, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Chief Superintendent Jane Connors, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Pepe Francis MBE, Director, London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust Ltd
  • Robin Merrett, Head of Operational Oversight, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime 
  • Cllr Nicholas Paget-Brown, Leader of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Sara Sutton, Director of Public Protection and Licensing, Westminster City Council


The meeting will take place on Monday 7 November from 09:30am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. 

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyPolice and #NottingHillCarnival

Notes to editors

  1. MPS press release, Statement from police commander for Notting Hill Carnival 2016, 30 August 2016
  2. Evening Standard, 'Hold Notting Hill carnival in a park': fresh calls for event to move after horrific stabbing of teenager, 30 August 2016
  3. Police and Crime Committee meeting, 3 November 2016
  4. Full Agenda papers
  5. Steve O’Connell AM, Chairman of the Police and Crime Committee is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  6. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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