Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Record numbers of police officers will be on duty for the Notting Hill Carnival this weekend amid fears of further rioting.

About 16,000 officers will be working across London, including up to 6,500 at the event itself, after police received intelligence that some gangs were planning trouble.

Commander Steve Rodhouse of the Metropolitan Police said that the two-day event was taking place “in exceptional circumstances” but that he was “very confident” police have the resources to ensure a peaceful outcome.

The carnival, which this year is on August 28 and 29, regularly attracts a million people. In 2008 there were hundreds of arrests after violent clashes. This year, after the recent riots, there are fears that it could act as a flashpoint for further disorder.

Scotland Yard has cancelled all leave and 5,500 officers will be on the streets of Notting Hill on Sunday, with 6,500 deployed on Monday. In addition to the thousands of officers on regular duties, another 4,000, including many from other forces, will patrol the rest of London.

The organisers have agreed to end this year’s event early: the procession will finish by 6.30pm and the sound systems will shut down at 7pm.

Commander Rodhouse said: “We do have intelligence that some gangs do want to come to the carnival and make trouble for us.”
Source: The Times (£)

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