Legal Highs Notting Hill Carnival

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Before this year's Notting Hill Carnival, attendees were warned by Paul Gibson, London Ambulance Service Tactical Commander, not to take legal highs due to the potential for those consuming them needing emergency treatment. In one incident alone at this year's Carnival - police confiscated 400 canisters of nitrous oxide. Can you update us as to what steps you, MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police Service have taken to further discourage the use of legal highs in London?  


Answer for Legal Highs Notting Hill Carnival

Answer for Legal Highs Notting Hill Carnival

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Further to my answer to MQ 2588, the Metropolitan Police Service has taken part in initiatives with the National Crime Agency, local authorities (including trading standards) and others to tackle crime associated with legal highs. MPS officers and staff have been trained on legal highs, particularly in the run up to events such as Notting Hill Carnival, where briefings, plans and public messages sought to raise awareness of the dangers.

Commander Bray, the National Police Chief Chiefs (NPCC) lead on new psychoactive substances, has promoted awareness of this issue as well as giving an MPS/NPCC view on the Psychoactive Substances Bill, currently going through Parliament.