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Police to use knife arches at Carnival for the first time

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL: Knife detectors will be deployed at this year's event (Image: Met Police)

KNIFE DETECTORS will be used by police officers at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival for the first time, the Metropolitan Police has announced.

It will be the first time that knife detection arches are used at the annual event that takes place on Sunday 26 and Bank Holiday Monday 27 August 2018.

In a statement, the Met Police said: “For the first time, knife arches will be in place at certain locations, to deter those who may be planning to come to the event, armed with an offensive weapon. The use of knife arches is a tried-and-tested method of deterring people from carrying knives, as well as detecting those who choose to do so.”

In addition to the use of metal detectors, the Met is fortifying its presence at the biggest celebration of Caribbean culture in Europe with a substantial number of on duty officers and a combination of overt and covert policing methods.

These tactics will include working in partnership with stewards and specialist firearms and dog units and the Met’s mounted branch.

More than 13,000 officers will be on duty in the area over the weekend. A total of 6,162 officers will attend the carnival on Sunday – Children’s Day, rising to 6,858 on Monday.

Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple, the Met Police spokesperson for the event, said: “The sheer number of people coming to Carnival and the relatively small geographical area, means that it is a challenging environment to police. We are working closely with the event organisers to ensure that the event is a safe environment where people can come and enjoy themselves.”

An estimated 1 million people will descend on Notting Hill this weekend to attend the carnival, the largest street festival in Europe.

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