Policing Notting Hill Carnival plus Lord Harris on terrorism review
- There were over 450 arrests at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival - the highest number since 2010.
- Drugs offences and possession of weapons resulted in the most arrests - 169 and 90 offences respectively.
- Over 6,000 officers patrol the event on the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday – a third of the Met’s resources.
- The cost of policing and stewarding the Carnival this year exceeded £8 million.
Concerns have been raised about safety and security at Notting Hill Carnival.
Could improved planning and organisation decrease the police resource needed?
Would additional stewards alleviate pressure on the police?
How does crime at Carnival compare with other big events?
Part one: from 10:00am until approx. 1:00pm
The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee will tomorrow hold the first public meeting of its investigation into security and policing at Notting Hill Carnival.
The Committee will hear from the following guests:
- Commander Dave Musker, Metropolitan Police Service
- Dave Morgan, Operational Adviser for Notting Hill Carnival
- Martin Jackson, Managing Director, McKenzie Arnold Security
- Pepe Francis MBE, Director, London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust Ltd
The meeting will take place on Thursday 3 November from 10:00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).
Part two: from 3:45pm until approx. 5:00pm
- Last week, Lord Toby Harris published his report about how prepared agencies are in London to respond to terrorist incidents given the current threat level.
- The report makes 127 recommendations for improvement to a range of organisations and government bodies.
The Committee will examine the key findings of the report. Lord Harris will attend to discuss his work and how the recommendations might be taken forward by the Met, Mayor and other organisations.
This part of the meeting will take place on Thursday 3 November from 3:45pm in the Committee Room 5 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
- Full Agenda papers
- Steve O’Connell AM, Chairman of the Police and Crime Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.
- 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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