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Statement on policing at Notting Hill Carnival

27 August 2019

Following Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, the Metropolitan Police have released figures on crime levels from the festival.

Commenting on the arrests made during the event, Chairman of the London Assembly Police & Crime Committee, Unmesh Desai AM, said:

“The Met Police did a fantastic job keeping Londoners safe at Notting Hill Carnival this weekend and on behalf of the London Assembly Police & Crime Committee, I’d like to thank all the police officers on duty for their hard work and ensuring the safety of attendees.

 “Carnival is an important annual London event and we’re delighted that so many Londoners enjoyed the festival this year.  However, we are still concerned over the number of arrests made by the Met Police.  The high number of attacks on police officers reported throughout the festival is utterly unacceptable and remains a big concern for the Committee. 

“Crime of any kind can never be accepted, and with over 350 arrests made this weekend, there’s still more work to do to reduce violence at the festival.  We will be asking the Met Police and the Mayor what more can be done to decrease crime levels to ensure that Notting Hill Carnival can continue to be enjoyed for many years to come.”

Notes to editors

  1. Unmesh Desai AM, Chairman of the Police & Crime Committee is available for interview. 
  2. Find out more about the work of the Police & Crime Committee.
  3. 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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